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School of Music

Faculty and Staff

Carl Wells

Director, USC Gospel Choir
School of Music

Phone: 803-777-9560

Summary of Skills

Experience in all major programmatic areas within higher education: academic affairs, affirmative action/EEO, diversity education, residence life, judicial programs, orientation, alcohol and drug education, leadership development, mentoring, counseling, and classroom/teaching experience.

Twenty years of progressive leadership/supervisory/management experience in higher education.

More than twenty years of experience providing training, leadership, and professional development for faculty, staff and students.

Experience providing diversity consulting, evaluation, assessment, leadership and support for industry, higher education institutions and the non-profit sector.

Experience training supervisors and managers for the University of South Carolina and private industry.

Master trainer with Michelin Tires, Fuji Photo Film, and Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Led the University of South Carolina through a successful audit defense with OFCCP.

Assisted in the revision of the University EEO/Affirmative Action and Title IX policies.


1984 – 1987

Bachelor of Art

Double Major in Communications and Music

Winthrop University   Rock Hill, South Carolina


Master of Divinity

Emory University   Atlanta, Georgia


Ph.D. in Public Health Administration, Emphasis in Human Resources

Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health

University of South Carolina   Columbia, South Carolina


2011 – Present

Assistant Director Office of Equal Opportunity Programs

Adjunct Faculty, USC School of Music

Faculty Affiliate, USC African-American Studies Program

University of South Carolina   Columbia, South Carolina

  • Serves as the Assistant Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs.
  • Develops and monitors the University’s affirmative action and equal opportunity policies.
  • Ensures compliance with University, city, state, and federal policies and laws such as Title VII, Title IX, Sexual Harassment, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Develops and administers assessment instruments and initiatives to gauge University cultural climate and sensitivity towards diversity issues.
  • Coordinates ongoing programs to sensitize the University community regarding racial, gender and other diversity issues.
  • Serves as investigator of claims of discrimination for faculty, staff and students of the University system.
  • Serves as the training instructor for recruiting issues and faculty/unclassified employee search committees.
  • Assists the Executive Assistant with the departmental budget functions and coordinates expenditures.
  • Coordinates, directs and maintains the annual EOP Office MLK Program, open to both the University and the public.

2005 -2011

Director of Access Equity/Diversity Training

University of South Carolina   Columbia, South Carolina

  • Created training and development opportunities to address the emotional, mental, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual needs of students, faculty and staff.
  • Developed and administered assessment instruments and initiatives to gauge the University cultural climate and sensitivity towards diversity issues.
  • Coordinated ongoing programs to sensitize the University community regarding racial, gender and other diversity issues.
  • Served as co-investigator of claims of discrimination for faculty, staff and students of the University system.
  • Developed and executed developmental training for supervisors and managers.
  • Directed the University’s Access and Equity Program.
  • Investigated staff, student and faculty complaints related to violations of federal and state laws and University policies.
  • Researched cutting-edge models and best practices in educational testing and evaluation in order to support training initiatives targeting the needs of faculty, students and staff.


Director of Multicultural Student Affairs and Community Service

University of South Carolina   Columbia, South Carolina

  • Assisted with developing strategies for campus-wide program promotion, education, communication and outreach.
  • Supervised staff, programs and services in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
  • Created training and development opportunities for staff.
  • Developed a marketing strategy and plan for the department.
  • Managed departmental budgets and secured additional funding.
  • Developed assessment plans for educational programs and services for students, faculty and staff.
  • Supervised staff, programs and services in the Office of Community Service.


Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Student Affairs

Lander University, Greenwood, South Carolina

  • Director of University’s EXPO Student Summer Orientation Program. Responsibilities included supervising faculty and staff, training, selecting and supervising student orientation leaders, general oversight for entire orientation program and chairing orientation planning committee.
  • Director of Lander University President’s Leadership Program. Responsibilities included teaching leadership course, advertising the program, interviewing and selecting participants and chairing the leadership program planning committee.
  • Directed the alcohol and drug education and prevention program.
  • Chaired the Public Health Committee.
  • Member of the Student Judicial Affairs Committee.
  • Developed and implemented health education programs and services.
  • Provided counseling for students on personal and professional issues.
  • Developed marketing plan for Social Norm Campaign.
  • Facilitated diversity sensitivity workshops and other educational sessions for students, faculty and staff.
  • Managed office budgets.
  • Supervised staff of orientation leaders, faculty and staff.


Hospital Chaplain

Northside Hospital   Atlanta, Georgia

  • Served as a member of critical care team for the Internal Medicine Unit.
  • Counseled and supervised staff nurses and physicians in a number of professional, personal and career issues.
  • Supported families and patients in the midst of major healthcare crisis.


Residence Hall Director

Morris College   Sumter, South Carolina

  • Live-in staff for the freshmen male residence hall.
  • Developed and executed professional and personal development opportunities for students.
  • Provided counsel and support for students on personal, academic, career and professional matters.
  • Served as member of the Residence Life Team.
  • In the absence of the Choral Director, provided musical accompaniment (piano and organ) for the Concert Choir travelling with President Richardson.

Interests and hobbies

Trained vocalist, accomplished pianist and organist, gospel music songwriter, master trainer, racquetball and jogging.              

Community involvement

Hospice Board of Directors, United Way Budget Allocations Committee, Greenwood Arts Council (Executive Board), Volunteer in Greenwood County Public Schools, Greenwood Stop-the-Violence Committee, Greenwood Centennial Committee, Director of Greenwood Area Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gospel Choir, President of the USC Black Faculty and Staff Association. President-Elect of the South Carolina Professional Association of Access and Equity.

Courses taught

Co-taught African American Literature, Lander University, fall, 1995.

Taught leadership course component of the Lander’s President Leadership Program (LPLP), Lander University.

Instructor, Freshman Symposium, Lander University, 1996-2000.

Instructor of internationally known and award winning University 101 Program, University of South Carolina, 2001, 2002, 2003..

Course development

Developed and taught special topics course, Minority Group Relations, Department of African American Studies, University of South Carolina, spring, 2002.

Developed and taught course, Power, Privilege & Social Class, Department of African American Studies, University of South Carolina, spring, 2003.

Co-developed with Dr. Joshua Gold (Department of Counseling Education) special topics course, Problems in Counseling & Personnel Work, a course component of the Minority Peer Mentors, University of South Carolina, fall, 2002. Was reviewed and received course approval.

Founder, director and instructor of the “for-credit” Gospel Choir Ensemble course in the USC School of Music. Class size increased to 65 students with diverse backgrounds.


Completed Affirmative Action Planning, Equal Employment Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act and Sexual Harassment training sessions with the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission.


Consulted with Commission on Higher Education to develop an interactive CD to help educate underprivileged youth about college admissions and financial aid processes, summer and fall, 2003.

Diversity consultant for Columbia College (Columbia, South Carolina), spring 2004.

Served as consultant for the Diversity Task Force, Boise State University (Idaho), Inclusive Team, fall, 2005.

Served as diversity consultant for Columbia Metropolitan Airport, fall, 2006.

Diversity consultant for Andersen Logistics (Columbia, South Carolina), 2007-2009.

Diversity presentations

Presented workshops on Diversity in the Workplace (1994-2012):

  • Fuji Film (Greenwood, South Carolina)
  • Michelin Tire (Greenville, South Carolina)
  • Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (Columbia, South Carolina)
  • Spartanburg Methodist College (Spartanburg, South Carolina)
  • Sexual Trauma Center (Columbia, South Carolina)
  • Rotary Club (Greenwood, South Carolina)
  • South Carolina Diversity Council
  • South Carolina Department of Tourism (Columbia, South Carolina)
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • South Carolina Housing Authority
  • South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

Keynote addresses and presentations

Keynote diversity address at the Diversity Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Columbia, South Carolina, spring, 2003.

Address for the South Carolina Capacity Building HIV/AIDS Training – “Addressing Communities of Color”, fall, 2004.

Keynote address, Diversity in the Workplace, South Carolina Society for Human Resources Managers, fall, 2005.

Keynote address for the South Carolina State Credit Union Annual Meeting, February, 2006.

South Carolina DHEC, “Preparing for Diversity in Health and Human Services Careers,” South Carolina State University, February, 2007.

Successful Supervision, Department of Training and Development, Human Resources, University of South Carolina, 2008-2012.

Intergenerational Workplace, Department of Training and Development, Human Resources, University of South Carolina, 2008-2012.        


Three-Part Series

1st Article, published, summer 2012, The Relationship Between Work-Related Stress and Boundary-Related Stress Among Clerical Families, Journal of Religion and Health.

2nd Article, accepted, summer 2012, The Effects of Work-Related Stress and Boundary-Related Stress on Clerical Physical and Emotional Health Status, Pastoral Psychology.

3rd Article, under review, summer 2011, The Mediating Effect of Denomination and Congregation Support on the Physical and Emotional Health Status of Clergy, Journal of Religion and Health.


Received the G. Jordan Ray Award for “acts of reconciliation and justice in the lives of men and women.” among the graduating class of 1991 at the Candler School of Theology.

Won the Converse College Vocal Performance Competition and was offered an assistantship as a result of the performance, spring 1997.

African-American Male Image Award. Recognized by Columbia graduate chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated for community service and personal contributions to the betterment of society, February, 2010.

University of South Carolina 2012 Outstanding Student Advocate Award

January, 2013, TEDx Presenter, Columbia, South Carolina