University of South Carolina Announces National Search for University of SC Beaufort Chancellor

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – The University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides has announced the committee that will lead a national search to identify candidates for the second chancellor of the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB). Last month, Chancellor Jane T. Upshaw, who has led USCB for 15 years, announced her retirement effective August 2015. The 12 member committee, chaired by USCB Professor and Department Chair Charles L. Spirrison, will convene in December to receive the charge from USC President Pastides.

The USCB Chancellor search committee is comprised of USCB students, alumnae, faculty, and administrative leaders from USCB and USC, as well as key community leaders:
• Charles L. Spirrison, Ph.D., Chair, Chancellor Search Committee, Professor of Psychology and Chair, Department of Social Sciences   
• Juanita "Babet" Villena-Alvarez, Ph.D., Professor of French, Spanish and Global Studies and Chair, Department of Humanities and Fine Arts
• Raechel L. Blakeney, USCB Student Government Association President
• John F. 'Jack" Brinkley, Beaufort-Jasper Higher Education Foundation Member and Community Leader
• J. Cantey Heath, Jr., Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the USC President
• William F. Hogue, Ed.D., USC Vice President for Information Technology
• Gary Kubic, Beaufort County Administrator and Community Leader
• Lynn W. McGee, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Advancement
• Abby E. Moonen, Alumna and USCB Business Office Staff Member
• Allison R. Pirog, Alumna and Community Leader
• Lawrence S. Rowland, Ph.D., Beaufort-Jasper Higher Education Committee Member, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Community Leader
• Manuel J. "Bud" Sanders, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics and Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computational Science

“The University of South Carolina Beaufort has an exciting growth trajectory as a public regional comprehensive university, serving a region of South Carolina with no other access to higher education.   I would like to thank the representatives of each university stakeholder group who are giving their time and talents to serve on the search committee,” said USC President Harris Pastides. “This search committee possesses the experience and perspective needed to identify a strong pool of candidates. We are committed to getting the best possible individual to lead USCB in its next phase of development as a comprehensive university.”

Parker Executive Search, a national search firm, will support the search.  Early in the process, input from faculty, staff, alumni, and students as well as community and business leaders will be solicited to help identify those qualities deemed especially important for the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s next chancellor.

The committee will work with Parker Executive Search to encourage nominations nationally, review the initial list of candidates and select a group of candidates to invite for interviews. Of that group, it is anticipated that three to five finalists will be invited to USCB to meet with the campus community and take part in interviews with representatives of university constituencies.

At the conclusion of its work, the USCB search committee will recommend finalists to USC President Pastides.

“As the university and the communities in the region together select the candidates for next chancellor of USCB, the committee will be eager to hear from students and alumni, university faculty and staff and community members about their vision for the next leader’s attributes and experience,” said search committee chair Charles Spirrison.

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About USCB: 
Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a baccalaureate member of the University of South Carolina system serving the southeast coast of Georgia and South Carolina. Since 2002, USCB has more than doubled its academic degree programs and its full time equivalent student population, added on-campus housing serving 664, joined the NAIA Sun Conference, and fielded conference and national award winning Sand Shark athletes in nine sports. The university’s two campuses serve a diverse student body of 1,800 students. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, SC, offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, a broad range of academic degree programs, and is home to Sand Shark athletics. The Historic Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort’s downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate Studio Art program in close proximity to Beaufort’s many art galleries. Students also take advantage of opportunities on Hilton Head Island, such as the USCB Center for Event Management and Hospitality Training and the Coastal Ecology & Conservation research partnership with Vagabond Cruise. USCB offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.

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