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University History

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Presidential Commission on University History

In 2019, President Robert L. Caslen created the commission to examine and address historical context at the university, from evaluating and re-naming university buildings to broadening acknowledgement of key groups and individuals that have contributed to the university over time.

University History Final Report

Read the final report issued by the Presidential Commission on University History.


Purpose of the Commission

When the commission was established in 2019, it was provided with a charge of work from President Caslen. In 2020, the charge was modified and updated.


Commission Actions

  • Developed and approved the criteria for building name recommendations  | February 12, 2021
  • UofSC Board of Trustees unanimously passed resolution requesting renaming of Sims Hall | June 21, 2020
  • Commission’s resolution to rename the J. Marion Sims residence hall endorsed by President Caslen | June 15, 2020
  • Initiated campus-wide review of building names | Spring 2020
  • Commission established by President Caslen | October 18, 2019

University History

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