President Pastides announces selection of new provost

Dear Carolina Family,

Early this year, I convened a search committee of faculty, staff and students tasked with finding our next Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, specifically, a dynamic and visionary leader with the ability to build upon current academic and programmatic strengths while developing and seizing new opportunities.

We launched a national search to find the right candidate who would:

  • be committed to the highest quality educational experience for all of our students;
  • lead faculty and staff in maintaining a vital and relevant academic vision and strategy for Carolina;
  • promote a work environment in which participation, open communication, respect, diversity, inclusion, excellence and transparency are vigorously fostered; and
  • contribute to an environment that recognizes and rewards performance, builds confidence and encourages interaction and teamwork to ensure the highest degree of collaboration and communication.

It was a tall order with a compressed timeframe.

Today, I am pleased to announce that Joan T. A. Gabel will join the Carolina Family as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost on August 24, 2015, pending the formal approval of the Board of Trustees on August 7. She is, indeed, the dynamic leader we were seeking.

Today, I am pleased to announce that Joan T. A. Gabel will join the Carolina Family as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost on August 24, 2015, pending the formal approval of the Board of Trustees on August 7. She is, indeed, the dynamic leader we were seeking.

Joan comes to us from the University of Missouri where she serves as the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. Dean of the Trulaske College of Business. Before joining the University of Missouri, she served as a DeSantis Professor and Chair of the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Legal Studies at the Florida State University (FSU) College of Business and as Director of International Relations for the College of Business. Provost Gabel also served on the faculty of the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University for 11 years, where she was Interim Director of the Institute of International Business and Faculty Director of the Atlanta Compliance and Ethics Roundtable.

Named a “shining star” by The Wall Street Journal, Ms. Gabel is the recipient of numerous awards including the Bunche, Kemper and Holmes-Cardozo Awards for Excellence in Research. She has also served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Business Law Journal and earned her Bachelor's degree from Haverford College and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia. 

As we make this transition, I would like to express my deep appreciation to Dr. Helen Doerpinghaus for her excellent service as Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Dr. Doerpinghaus continues as Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

I also want to express my thanks to the search committee, particularly the co-chairs Drs. Bobby Donaldson and Audrey Korsgaard, who worked thoughtfully and tirelessly to discover the ideal candidate among an outstanding applicant pool. Based on the interest and response to this search, there is no doubt that the University of South Carolina is a destination of choice not only for students, but faculty and administrators too. Finally, I want to thank each of you who participated in the four campus visits from our finalists, asked tough questions and provided invaluable feedback to the search committee.

I know that you join me in welcoming Joan Gabel to Carolina and to our Gamecock Family. This is a homecoming of sorts for Joan and her family. She grew up in Atlanta, GA and her husband, Gary, graduated from Spring Valley High School here in Columbia. They have family in South Carolina and vacation here regularly with their daughter and two sons.

Please do all that you can to help her acclimate to her new position and university home. Her vision and expertise are critical as we continue our remarkable forward momentum.