USC Upstate Names Dr. Jeannie Chapman Dean of College of Science and Technology

May 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to announce Dr. Jeannie Chapman has been named dean of the College of Science and Technology (CST).

Chapman has served as interim dean of CST since July 2018, when USC Upstate split its College of Arts and Sciences and created two separate entities: CST and its College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

“Dr. Chapman’s leadership made it clear that she was the absolute right choice for this position,” said Dr. Clif Flynn, USC Upstate’s provost. “I am excited to have her in her now permanent role as part of our academic leadership team.”

CST houses disciplines focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It encompasses three academic units: the Department of Informatics and Engineering Systems, the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science, and the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering. All CST units offer undergraduate research, internship and service opportunities.

Chapman, who earned her Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the Medical University of South Carolina, says she will continue to push for increased visibility for programming already underway and for growth with the development of innovative cross-disciplinary initiatives. She hopes to create more opportunities for the nearly 800 STEM students currently enrolled at USC Upstate.

“Now that I have been named dean, I have a longer runway from which to launch some initiatives I thought about during my interim term,” Chapman said. “I can now view the role through a longer lens and work on projects that involve sustained efforts.”

Chapman said she’s determined to secure scholarship funds that are “earmarked” for recruiting and retaining STEM majors.

“Also, now I can continue the conversations I’ve started with community partners and industry leaders about how we can develop mutually-beneficial relationships,” she said.

Originally of Newberry, S.C., Chapman joined USC Upstate as an assistant professor in 2005. She became an associate professor in 2011 and was named division chair of the university’s Department of Natural Sciences and Engineering in 2013.

Chapman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from the College of Charleston.