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Hospitality, Retail, & Sport Management gets new dean

Dr. Brian J. Mihalik, associate dean and professor at the Graduate School for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, has been named dean of the University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.

Brian Mihalik
Brian Mihalik

Mihalik was selected after a national search from among four finalists who visited the campus this spring and met with faculty, staff and students.

He will begin August 15.

University President Harris Pastides said Mihalik’s extensive experience in teaching, research and higher-education administration will make him a valuable member of his administrative team and a vibrant leader for the college, which has an enrollment of 1,800 students and 36 faculty members.

“His academic background in government, public relations and business, combined with his administrative and teaching experience, will bring a valuable perspective to the college and to my administration,” Pastides said. “His strong leadership qualities and his experience in public higher education made him a very strong candidate who captured the confidence of faculty, staff and students when he visited the university.”

Mihalik said he was looking forward to leading a college that boasts diverse programs and alumni who have risen to top positions in their respective fields.

“We in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management are critical partners in moving South Carolina to the next level in the global economy,” Mihalik said. “Our college impacts the largest sectors that drive the economy in South Carolina. Hospitality, tourism, retail, sport and entertainment, and technology support and training make up a large portion of the state’s economy. Working with the faculty, administration, students, staff, alumni, industry partners and friends of the university, we will carve a path to excellence through our joint efforts.”

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