USC Upstate Plans For May Commencement And Honoring Of Two Former Chancellors

May 1, 2012 at 9:15 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate will award degrees to nearly 800 students at its May Commencement on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. on the Quad behind the Administration Building.

“The University of South Carolina Upstate is the only public institution in the world with a mission to educate citizens in the Upstate of South Carolina,” said Dr. Tom Moore, chancellor of USC Upstate. “USC Upstate plays a major importance in the quality of life in Upstate South Carolina and beyond. We are preparing graduates – nurses, teachers, business leaders, scientists, and child advocates – who will play vital and meaningful roles in communities across the region.”

The Honorable Herbert C. Adams, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina, will give the commencement address. He has been the 8th Judicial Circuit Representative of the Board since 1984. During his tenure, he has served on various committees and was Vice Chairman from 2000 until 2004 and Chairman from 2004 until 2008. Adams has a degree in business management from USC. From 1965 to 1999 he was president and manager of The United Agency Inc. in Laurens. Since that time he has been a consultant for Correll Insurance.

Prior to the Commencement Ceremony, USC Upstate will hold a reception at 5:30 p.m. to recognize two former chancellors with buildings named in their honor.

“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 Moore. “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 USC Upstate 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.

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 the main dining hall. A large ballroom, overlooking the beautiful Susan Jacobs Arboretum, is often used for receptions and other events.

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 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.

The University of South Carolina Upstate, a coeducational, public, comprehensive metropolitan institution, is located conveniently along the thriving economic I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte. It has a current student enrollment of 5,500 and an alumni base of 21,000. As a senior comprehensive public institution of the University of South Carolina, the University’s primary responsibilities are to offer baccalaureate education to the citizens of the Upstate of South Carolina and to offer selected master’s degrees in response to regional demand. USC Upstate is comprised on three campuses: the main 330-acre campus in Spartanburg, a Greenville campus at the University Center of Greenville for commuting junior and senior level students, and the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics in downtown Spartanburg.

For more information regarding the May Commencement, please contact Leah Anderson at (864) 503-5240 or visit