Buildings Renamed On USC Upstate Campus To Honor Sansbury And Stockwell

February 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees approved the re-naming of two buildings on the USC Upstate campus to honor two previous long-serving chancellors.

“The Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center and the John C. Stockwell Administration Building will stand as a testament to two men who contributed greatly to the development of USC Upstate,” said Dr. Tom Moore, chancellor of USC Upstate. “They are most deserving of this recognition as each led the University for a long time and laid a great foundation for its future.”

Dr. Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. served as director, vice president, and finally as chancellor of the University from 1973 to 1993. Under his supervision, the campus grew from an enrollment 750 students to approximately 3,000 students, and from offering only associate’s degrees to offering undergraduate degrees in 30 fields of study, as well as graduate programs in education.

Dr. John C. Stockwell served as chancellor of the University from 1994 until 2011, steering the University toward its vision as one of the leading metropolitan universities in the Southeast. Under his leadership, the University experienced outstanding growth in academic reputation, capital development and public/private partnerships.  Enrollments doubled to more than 5,500 students to include a diverse student population with 60 nations represented in the campus community and a minority enrollment of 30 percent.

The Sansbury Campus Life Center is the hub of student life activity. Opened in 1995, it houses Dining Services, Student Affairs, Counseling Services, Disability Services, student organization offices, student publication offices, several meeting rooms, a computer lab and an automated teller machine. A large ballroom, overlooking the beautiful Susan Jacobs Arboretum, is often used for receptions and other events.

The Stockwell Administration Building was the first building built on campus and it opened in 1969. Positioned on top of the building is a shiny, gold- leaf dome that gleams in the sun and can be seen from afar. The building houses the Chancellor’s Office, Academic Affairs, University Advancement, Alumni Relations, and University Communications on the main floor. On the third floor are Human Resources, Credit Union, Business Services, Budget and Resource Planning, Purchasing Department, Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning, and Special Events and Facilities Scheduling. Information Technology and Services and the Advanced Digital Media Lab are located on the bottom floor. The rear of the Administration Building features the Rose Terrace, an area overlooking the quadrangle where spring commencement is held each year.