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Dr. Tom Moore

Since becoming chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate on August 1, 2011, Dr. Tom Moore has demonstrated passionate leadership. In the short time that Dr. Moore has been at USC Upstate, he has made a lasting impression on students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends. He is now as well-known for his outgoing and approachable nature as he is for his bowties and round glasses.

With a career in higher education that spans more than 30 years, Dr. Moore's knowledge of the state and commitment to excellence as a professor and an administrator made him an ideal choice to lead one of the fastest growing universities in South Carolina.

Dr. Moore has brought a focus on access, affordability, and accountability to USC Upstate. He promotes access to the highest quality educational experiences while remaining affordable by balancing tuition and merit- and need-based aid and being accountable to students, parents, the community, and the world.

Dr. Moore earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of South Carolina. He has attended professional development programs at Harvard, Yale and Northwestern universities.

Dr. Moore began his academic career in 1978 in Statesboro, Georgia as assistant professor of chemistry at Georgia Southern College, where he taught until 1981. From 1981 to 1986, he was on the faculty at Birmingham-Southern College, first as an assistant professor of chemistry and later as associate professor and director of the Honors Program.

Prior to coming to USC Upstate, Dr. Moore served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, from 2003 until 2011. He joined Winthrop in 1986 as chair of the department of chemistry and physics, a position he held until 1994. In 1991, he became director of the Master of the Liberal Arts Program. Dr. Moore served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2001 until 2003 and in the top position of faculty governance, representing faculty before Winthrop's Board of Trustees, from 1996 until 2000.

A native of Alabama, Moore and his wife, Marsha, have two sons, Charlie and Kirk. Outside of his professional career, Dr. Moore is an accomplished amateur photographer and an enthusiastic golfer.