Portrait of Michael Amiridis.

President-Elect Michael Amiridis

Michael Amiridis, chancellor of the University of Illinois-Chicago since 2015, is the president-elect of the University of South Carolina. His term as the 30th university president begins this summer.

Amiridis was selected unanimously on Jan. 14 by the university’s Board of Trustees to lead the state's flagship university system. 

Prior to leading the University of Illinois-Chicago, Amiridis spent more than two decades on campus in Columbia. He served as a chemical engineering professor, department chair, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing and, from 2009 to 2015, the university's executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.  

Amiridis earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991.

During his tenure at UIC, Amiridis focused on enhancing the student experience, engaging with diverse communities, raising UIC's national and international reputation, and creating a culture of entrepreneurship. UIC Is part of the University of Illinois college system and is home to one of the nation’s largest medical schools. It is the most comprehensive institution in Illinois, offering over 240 degree programs, and is the state’s flagship university in health sciences.

Under his leadership, the school boosted student enrollment and saw six years of record campus enrollment, surpassing 34,000 students in fall 2021, while winning national accolades for attracting an increasingly diverse student population. Amiridis also completed a successful capital campaign that raised more $750 million in donations for UIC.

As a researcher, Amiridis earned the National Science Foundation's award for early-career scientists and engineers in 1999, was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012, and was elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2015.

Amiridis replaces interim President Harris Pastides, who came back to the university in May 2021 after previously serving as president for more than a decade. 

Amiridis, 59, is a native of Greece and a U.S. citizen. He and his wife, Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis, have two children.