Harris Pastides

State of the University

On September 12, President Harris Pastides delivered the 2017 State of the University Address to a large crowd of faculty, staff and students, discussing his vision for being a global university in the 21st century.

Held each fall, the State of the University Address is delivered by President Harris Pastides and sets the stage for the coming academic year. Rousing tunes played by the Mighty Sound of the Southeast greet the crowd and set the stage for President Pastides to share his vision, which reinforces the University of South Carolina's strategic goals. Those goals are built on four pillars — research, superior student experience, flexible models for access and affordability, and South Carolina's economic and overall well-being.

2017 State of the University Address

In the 2017 address, President Pastides said the university has made great strides in the past year, but now is no time to be satisfied. He expressed optimism as he shared the progress we've made on our strategic plan, noting the university’s continued improvement in national rankings (46th among all public universities and 25th among state flagships) and the continued No. 1 rank of the international business program. He also pointed to the record $253.6 million in external funding awards from last year.

Pastides also pointed to the university’s new Excellence Initiative, which is funded by money contributed from all departments across the university to support new and innovative projects. The initiative has $17 million to use for recruiting top faculty, ensuring excellence in the classroom and creating new experiential learning opportunities for students across academic disciplines.

2017 State of the University prepared remarks »