Michael Amiridis, the University of South Carolina's 30th president, is committed to using two of the university's greatest strengths — education and research — to improve prospects for all South Carolinians.
The challenges facing higher education are many, but President Amiridis is confident in the university's ability to address them with a commitment to excellence, transparency and accessibility. As the university's 30th president, he is drawing on his experience as a faculty member, academic administrator and higher education leader to guide South Carolina into its next era of success.
State of the University
President Michael Amiridis reflected on the achievements of the past year and looked to the future with his State of the University address delivered on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 4 p.m. in the Russell House Ballroom.Read the Address
Connecting with Students
President Amiridis welcomes student involvement in ways that support the campus experience and showcase student talent.
Holiday Card Design Contest
President Michael Amiridis and First Lady Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis invite all University of South Carolina students to enter their original artwork for a chance to be featured on the president’s official holiday card each year. The 2023 contest has closed. Renee Herzer, an online IT student, won this year's contest.
As one of his first initiatives, President Amiridis introduced the concept of an open discussion among students, so that university leaders could hear student ideas about academics, services, student life and college-to-career transition at South Carolina.
The Presidential Investiture Ceremony that formally installed Dr. Michael Amiridis in office was held January 20, 2023, at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, South Carolina. Photos, videos, remarks and other highlights of the day can be viewed at Event Details, below.Event Details
About President Amiridis
Michael Amiridis became 30th president of the University of South Carolina on July 1, 2022. Before coming home to Carolina, he led the University of Illinois Chicago as its chancellor since 2015.
Prior to leading UIC, Amiridis spent more than two decades at our Columbia campus as a faculty member and administrator, serving from 2009 to 2015 as the university's executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
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.
He and his wife, Ero, are the parents of two children who are both graduates of the University of South Carolina.
″Meet Michael Amiridis″ Video Series
Ready to Lead
Michael Amiridis first set foot on campus in 1994. He's already served the University of South Carolina in roles ranging from academic dean to provost. Now, he's leading the university as its 30th president.
A Vision for the Future
President Amiridis believes the university's role extends across South Carolina and can greatly benefit every South Carolinian. Learn about his goals as the university’s new president.
As he rejoins the university, President Amiridis is excited to again be part of one of the strongest — and most spirited — schools he's ever known.
First Lady Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis
Like the president, First Lady Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis has strong roots at the University of South Carolina. In addition to earning two advanced degrees from USC — a master’s in art history, ’97, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, ’12 — she cherishes memories of the campus as the backdrop for many pivotal moments in the Amiridis family's life.Meet Dr. Aggelopoulou-Amiridis
The Office of Special Events assists the First Lady with projects and scheduling.