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College of Arts and Sciences

The Horseshoe at USC

Office of the Dean

The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USC leads the college through operating the budget and human resources offices, directing the use of the college's facilities, coordinating external relations and alumni relationships, and overseeing academic planning for the largest college at the University of South Carolina.

Organization and Responsibility

The College of Arts and Sciences leadership is divided among deans who oversee specific academic and administrative areas within the college. External relations, human resources and budget offices assist in the management and administration of the college.


Lacy Ford, Ph.D., Dean

Dean Ford provides academic and administrative leadership to the largest college of the University of South Carolina. He provides oversight for budget, curriculum development and policies and procedures.

Bob Thunell, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Natural Sciences

Dr. Thunell is the liaison between the departments of biological sciences: chemistry and biochemistry, School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment, geography, mathematics, physics and astronomy, psychology, and statistics, in addition to the associated interdisciplinary programs, centers, and institutes. He oversees and reviews all third year, tenure and promotion, and post tenure review files, as well as sabbatical requests and nominations for named professorships and faculty awards for natural sciences.

Hanno zur Loye, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Dr. zur Loye oversees all graduate directors within the college, college grants administration and annual SmartState reports. Dr. zur Loye serves as the liaison for the USC Office of Research, the College Institutional Review Board, and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in regards to budget-related matters.

Cynthia Davis, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Dr. Davis’ responsibilities include liaising between the dean’s office and the departments of anthropology, criminology and criminal justice, English, history, languages, literatures and culture, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, theatre and dance, and the School of Visual Art and Design, as well as the resulting interdisciplinary programs, centers and institutes. Dr. Davis reviews all third year, tenure and promotion, post tenure review files, as well as sabbatical requests and nominations for named professorships and faculty awards for arts, humanities and social sciences.

Tracey Weldon Ph.D., Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Weldon provides input into decision making, strategic planning and hiring initiatives to enhance diversity, inclusion and equity. She supports a culturally competent educational environment through curricular representation and culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS). Dr. Weldon also works with the USC Chief Diversity Officer and other members of the diversity network to promote an institutional culture that fosters humanistic values of mutual respect, civil behavior and ethics consistent with USC’s initiatives in conscious leadership and professionalism.  

Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Instruction, Community Engagement, and Research

Dr. Benitez-Nelson fosters undergraduate research opportunities by enhancing the value of an Arts and Sciences degree.  She develops strategies to encourage community engagement on and off campus by serving as the liaison between academic programs and activities beyond the classroom.  Dr. Benitez-Nelson works with University Housing, the Honors College, and the College’s Academic Advising Team to promote innovation on campus.

Ginger Nickles Osborne, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Academic Planning and Enrollment

Dr. Nickles Osborne allocates and manages all resources pertaining to graduate assistants, non-tenure track instructional staffing, adjunct staffing and summer instructional staffing. 

Loren Knapp, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Student Affairs and Advising

Dr. Knapp is responsible for representing the college in all matters related to undergraduate services, including working with the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support and serving on a wide-range of committees.

Derlene Lowder, Chief of Staff and Assistant Dean for Administration, Faculty Data and Research

Ms. Lowder is responsible for budget oversight, analysis and reporting of data collection, as well as development and implementation of strategies to support the college.


Reporting to the Dean

External Relations

Ann Cameron, Executive Director of External Relations

  • Alumni relations
  • Board management
  • Communications and marketing

Laura Najim, Associate Director of Internships, Stewardship and Scholarships

  • Internships
  • Scholarships
  • Stewardship

Barbara Reager, Coordinator of Special Events and Administrative Manager

Space and Facilities

John Moring, Director, Planning Coordinator for Space and Facilities

Charles Barnett, Service Crew
Gary Bennett, Service Crew Chief
Brian Grabski, Service Crew
William Hampton, Service Crew

Information Technology Services

David Mullaney, Director, Information Technology Services

Jerry Branch, PSC Computing Lab Manager
Jason Dean, Evening Operations Manager
Richard England, Network and Systems Manager
Randolph Franklin, Computer Support Technician
Lee Hallman, Instructional Workstation Specialist
Terry Johnson, User Support Manager
Richard Kemp, Macintosh Support Specialist
Johanna Lewis, Applications Support Specialist
Felicia Smalls, Operations Manager
Zach White, College Web Developer


Mary-Kathryn Craft, Communications Manager

  • External communications and media relations
  • Member of CAS Communications Team
  • Coordination with university's Office of Communictions and Public Affairs

Vinnie Suarez, Senior Director of Development

Dena Byerly, Administrative Assistant
Rebecca Kilgore, Assistant Director of Development
Kim Jeffcoat, Director of Development

Research Computing

Jun Zhou, Director of Research Computing

Glen Dufour, Applications Analyst
Michael Milligan, Applications Analyst

Auxiliary Services 

Allen Frye, Assistant Director of Mechanical Prototype Facility


Academic Affairs and Advising Staff

Student Services

Dawn Hiller, Student Services Manager, Director of Students - Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts 
Jennifer Shiver, Student Services Manager, Director of Students - Science, Math, Statistics
William "Lane" Kennedy, Student Services Program Coordinator
Doug Roberts,
Student Services Coordinator
Jodie Salter, Student Services Coordinator
Theresa Ashley, Administrative Assistant


Office Staff

Appointments with Dean and Associate Deans

Sarah Livingston, Office Manager and Assistant to the Dean

  • Assistant to the Dean (appointments, travel, correspondence)
  • Member of CAS Communications Team
  • Coordination of Chair and Director Annual Evaluations and Reappointment Evaluations
  • CAS Point Person for Accreditation Activity
  • Collaboration with external relations

Sarah Gottshall, Administrative Assistant

  • Senior Associate Dean Thunell (Natural Sciences)
  • Associate Dean Davis (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences)
  • Associate Dean zur Loye (Research/Graduate Studies)

Helen Dennis, Communications Assistant

  • Member of CAS Communications Team
  • Web communications
  • Calendar & space reservation system


Budget and Human Resources

Kathy Fitzhugh, Director of Budget and Salary Administration 

  • Academic unit budget oversight
  • Internal grants administration
  • SmartState financials
  • Analysis, reporting and data collection

Patty Brabham, Senior Budget Analyst

  • Account memorandums – processing
  • College-wide lab fee submissions to Bursar
  • Maintain the college commitment database and reimbursements to departments
  • Analysis and preparation of college-wide budget transfers
  • Semi-annual "A Fund" reviews
  • Carry-forward preparation in conjunction with budget director
  • Reconciliation of summer school between departments and college
  • Quarterly financial reviews of E-fund accounts
  • Quarterly financial reviews of restricted funds
  • Maintenance of dean-level accounts (to include new faculty startup costs)
  • Deposit receipting
  • Journal entries – college wide approver

Wendy Roberts, Budget Analyst

  • Dean’s office business functions
  • Dean’s office budget development
  • Monitor Dean’s office accounts
  • Deposit transmittals
  • Dean’s Office Educational Foundation accounts
  • Time and effort reporting
  • Account memorandums – preparation
  • P-Card Liaison

Jan Miron, Grants Manager

Bob Ellis, Business Administration and Operations Manager

LaTasha Robinson, Director of Human Resources. Manages all HR operations of the college to include but not limited to:

  • the hiring and reappointing of faculty, staff, students, and temporary employees
  • promotions for non-tenure track faculty, tenure and promotion, post-tenure review, third-year review, retention actions, sabbatical leaves, dual employment, ECOM processes, resignations, retirements, and oversight for awards, professorships, and endowed chair appointments
  • process, at the college level, all leaves of absences, including FMLA, LWOP, personal leave, military leave, jury duty, bereavement leave, etc. for all faculty, unclassified staff, and classified staff
  • employee relations for staff and faculty
  • the preparation and monitoring of the college's personnel budget; advises on matters related to the human capital management processes of the college and university

Betty Helms, Human Resources Associate

  • Summer ECOM
  • Research Grant Positions for Staff and Faculty Positions
  • Time Limited Positions for Staff and Faculty Positions
  • Temporary Positions for Staff and Faculty
  • Student Hires
  • PBP 4/5 Actions for RGP, TL, and Temporary Positions
  • PBP7s for RGP, TL, and Temporary Positions

Cheri Shinn, Human Resources Associate

  • Administrative Appointments/Reappointments
  • Affiliate Hires (Staff, Faculty, and Visiting Scholars)
  • Appointment/Reappointments of FTE Non-TT Faculty and Unclassified Staff
  • Tenure Track Faculty Hires and HR Actions
  • FTE Unclassified Staff Hires and HR Actions
  • Dual Employment (Faculty and Unclassified Staff)
  • Tenure and Promotion Assistance
  • Post-Tenure Review Assistance
  • Third Year Review Assistance
  • Emeritus Requests
  • Sabbatical Leaves Paperwork Submission
  • PBP 4/5 Actions for FTE Faculty and Unclassified Staff
  • PBP7s for FTE Faculty and Unclassified Staff