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University Officials

In addition to our president and board, our leadership includes board approved officers governing academics, operations, research, development, finance, technology, human resources, student affairs, athletics, communications, compliance, facilities and transportation.

Joan T.A. Gabel

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Joan T.A. Gabel is our chief academic officer and oversees the schools and colleges of the Columbia campus and regional campuses in Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union. She directs the Office of the Provost and is charged with overall leadership of academic affairs, including curriculum development and academic standards in the schools and colleges.

Ed Walton

Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer

Ed Walton is responsible for coordinating the planning and activities across non-academic areas of the university. The Division of Administration and Finance oversees the areas of business affairs, communications and marketing, economic engagement, facilities and transportation, finance, government and community relations and law enforcement and safety.

Derrick Huggins

Vice President for Facilities and Transportation

Derrick Huggins is responsible for university buildings and infrastructure and transportation and parking services. He provides leadership for the day-to-day operational oversight of skilled trades, housekeeping services, landscaping, preventive maintenance and warehouse operations.

Leslie Brunelli

Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Leslie Brunelli coordinates the day-to-day and long-term planning of the financial operations of the university. She oversees the compilation of financial and budget reporting and is responsible for implementing financial policies established by trustees. Areas under this office include the controller, budget, bursar and capital finance.

Chris Byrd

Vice President for Human Resources

Chris Byrd helps plan, implement and promote programs through the Division of Human Resources that improve our ability to attract, develop, reward and retain the exceptional faculty and staff members of the Gamecock family.

Doug Foster

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Doug Foster provides leadership for information technology, instructional services, e-learning and cyber infrastructure research. Under his direction, the Division of Information Technology also provides operational support for these services through University Technology Services.

Prakash Nagarkatti

Vice President for Research

Prakash Nagarkatti leads a team that provides our faculty and students with the support they need to break new ground in a variety of exciting fields, from creating advanced materials to creating new plays, choreography and music. The Office of the Vice President for Research helps our researchers find the money and time they need to fully practice their scholarship. 

Dennis Pruitt

Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost for Academic Support

Dennis Pruitt works with partners inside the university and outside to create an optimal learning environment. Under his leadership the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support assists our students, faculty and staff on the Columbia campus and enhances the educational experience for all.

Mary Ann Fitzpatrick

Vice President for System Planning

Mary Anne Fitzpatrick is responsible for reinforcing connections among all system campuses, including Aiken, Beaufort, Columbia, Upstate and the four regional Palmetto College campuses. She leads the effort to unify our campuses allowing the system to meet South Carolina’s need for a highly educated work force and supports the broad range of professional goals of our students.

Jancy Houck

Vice President for University Development  

Jancy Houck leads the university’s fundraising program to secure private gifts in support of students, faculty, research, programs and facilities. In 2015 the university successfully completed Carolina’s Promise, an eight-year, $1 billion fundraising campaign that garnered support from 136,850 alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff, corporations, foundations and organizations.

Ray Tanner

Director of Athletics  

Ray Tanner oversees Gamecock Athletics, including all intercollegiate athletic teams, hundreds of student athletes, coaches, support staff and more than a dozen state-of-the-art sports arenas and athletics facilities. Prior to becoming Director of Athletics, Tanner served as head baseball coach and led the Gamecocks to back-to-back national championships in 2010 and 2011. 

Wes Hickman

Director of Communications and Public Affairs and Chief Communications Officer

Wes Hickman is the university’s spokesman and leads the team that tells the stories of our students, faculty and staff. Those stories are shared with the general public through the news media, our own printed publications and our digital communications.

Walter "Terry" Parham

General Counsel and Executive Director of Compliance Programs

Walter "Terry" Parham is responsible for all institutional legal advice, including drafting contracts, interpreting federal and state laws and regulations and reviewing all university policy development. His office represents the university in litigation and serves as a clearinghouse for responses to requests for information made under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.