Investiture Ceremony Planned for University of South Carolina Upstate Chancellor

April 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

A formal Investiture Ceremony will be held for University of South Carolina Upstate Chancellor Thomas F. Moore on Friday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. Nearly 1,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony, which will be held on the Main Quadrangle behind the Administration Building.

The installation of a new chancellor is a ceremony of dignity with many academic traditions and protocols.

“The investiture of a chancellor is a significant event in the life of a university,” said Tammy Whaley, director of university communications. “Since the University of South Carolina Upstate was founded in 1967, our institution has been guided by three chancellors, each of whom has left an indelible mark on the history of the university and the Upstate region.”

Although Moore officially began his duties as chancellor on August 1, 2011, at this formal ceremony USC President Harris Pastides will present Moore with the symbols of office, including the Chancellor’s Medallion. The USC Upstate Chancellor Medallion is crafted of bronze and also bears the seal of the University. The medallion is inscribed with the year 1967, which indicates the year USC Upstate was founded. Just above the medallion is a small plaque that bears the word chancellor. The medallion is worn for formal occasions, such as convocations, commencements, and inaugurations – a tradition that can be traced back to the Middle Ages.

In addition to the presentation by Pastides, an academic procession takes place that includes delegates from 17 other colleges and universities, as well as USC Upstate’s own faculty.  Marchers wear the colorful academic regalia of their own institution. Interspersed with musical selections, there will be the processional, invocation, greetings from several university and community groups, chancellor address, singing of the Alma Mater, benediction, and the recessional.

The Investiture Ceremony will be followed by a campus community picnic. To learn more about the Investiture Ceremony and the events leading up to April 13, visit

Since becoming chancellor of USC Upstate, Moore has demonstrated passionate leadership. In the short time that Moore has been at USC Upstate, he has made a lasting impression on students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends. He is now as well-known for his outgoing and approachable nature as he is for his bowties and round glasses.

“With a career in higher education that spans more than 30 years, Dr. Moore’s knowledge of the state and commitment to excellence as a professor and an administrator made him an ideal choice to lead one of the fastest growing universities in South Carolina,” said USC President Harris Pastides.

During his first year on the job, Moore is bringing a focus on access, affordability, and accountability. He promotes access to the highest quality educational experiences while remaining affordable by balancing tuition and merit- and need-based aid and being accountable to students, parents, the community, and the world.

The Alabama native earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of South Carolina. Moore began his academic career in 1978 in Statesboro, Georgia as assistant professor of chemistry at Georgia Southern College, where he taught until 1981. From 1981 to 1986, he was on the faculty at Birmingham-Southern College, first as an assistant professor of chemistry and later as associate professor and director of the Honors Program.

Prior to coming to USC Upstate, Moore served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, from 2003 until 2011. He joined Winthrop in 1986 as chair of the department of chemistry and physics, a position he held until 1994. In 1991, he became director of the Master of the Liberal Arts Program. Moore served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2001 until 2003 and in the top position of faculty governance, representing faculty before Winthrop’s Board of Trustees, from 1996 until 2000.

Moore and his wife, Marsha, have two sons, Charlie and Kirk. Outside of his professional career, Dr. Moore is an accomplished amateur photographer and an enthusiastic golfer.

For additional details, contact Tammy Whaley, director of university communications, at (864) 503-5210 or