Creating the Future for the Urban and Metropolitan University

August 25, 2016 at 4:14 pm
Charles R. Bantz

Charles R. Bantz

The University of South Carolina Upstate will host a forum dedicated to Creating the Future for the Urban and Metropolitan University on Thursday, September 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom.

“We have tremendous talent on this campus and a great spirit of innovation but we need to ensure that we harness this talent, recognizing the wide reaching implications of growth and change,” said Interim Chancellor Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, who recently unveiled her plans to grow full-time enrollment at USC Upstate to 10,000 students by 2030. “We need to ensure that all critical partners from faculty to student support services to buildings and grounds offices are well informed. And we need to ensure that our plans are backed by sound fiscal analysis and careful enrollment projections.”

To begin the visioning processes, Fitzpatrick has invited Professor Charles Bantz, chancellor emeritus at Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI), to lead the discussion.

Bantz, the executive director of IUPUI’s Center for Translating Research into Practice, served as the chancellor for 12 years where he guided the campus through a period of unprecedented growth and transformation. Under Bantz’s leadership, the campus underwent significant physical alterations and also saw major changes to the student body, notable expansion of research and creative activities, and renewed commitments to diversity and to the health and well-being of the community. Brantz has also served as the president of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities from which he received the Outstanding Service Award in 2015.

He received a Ph.D. in communications from Ohio State University, M.A. in speech communications from University of Minnesota, and B.S. in English education from University of Minnesota.

For more information, contact Tammy Whaley, assistant vice chancellor for university communications, at (864) 503-5210 or