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Graduation and Retention Network

Shelley Haddock Dempsey, Ph.D.

Assistant Provost for Graduation and Retention
Office of the Provost
University of South Carolina 


Ph.D., Education and Leadership Policy, University of South Carolina
Masters, Business Administration, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
Masters, Higher Education Administration, University of South Carolina
Bachelors, Wofford College

Dr. Shelley Dempsey serves as the inaugural Assistant Provost for Graduation and Retention at the University of South Carolina.  In this role, she has the unique opportunity to partner with academic and administrative areas from throughout the campus to remove barriers for students and make USC a place that supports all students in their degree attainment.  

Dr. Dempsey has used her innovation and creativity to build numerous programs and initiatives at the University with past experience in Student Affairs, the Moore School of Business, the Alumni Association, and now in the Office of the Provost.  She has also served in various leadership roles on campus and with national leadership organizations.  Campus roles currently include serving as chair of the Provost’s Graduation and Retention Committee and co-chair of the Provost’s Advisory Board on Interdisciplinary Studies.  

Dr. Dempsey completed her Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy, with research on prosocial behaviors, civility, and work engagement. She also enjoys teaching in the area of Education Policy and Law. Her students are some of her favorite people she’s met at the University, and she values her ongoing connection with many of them.  If you’re one of them---reach out and tell her what you’re up to!

Outside of campus, Dr. Dempsey is active as a volunteer and advocate for women and children experiencing homelessness.  

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