In addition to our president and board, our leadership includes board approved officers
governing academics, operations, research, development, finance, technology, human
resources, student affairs, athletics, communications, compliance, facilities and
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
William F. "Bill" Tate IV is our chief academic officer and oversees the schools and
colleges of the Columbia campus and regional campuses in Lancaster, Salkehatchie,
Sumter and Union. He directs the Office of the Provost and is charged with overall leadership of academic affairs, including curriculum
development and academic standards in the schools and colleges.
Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Ed Walton is responsible for coordinating the planning and activities of non-academic
areas of the University of South Carolina. As leader of the university's Division of Administration and Finance, he oversees business affairs, facilities and transportation, finance, human resources
and law enforcement and safety.
Chief of Staff
Mark Bieger is the primary liaison between the president and all other areas of the university for internal and external matters. He is responsible
to coordinate, synchronize and integrate the activities and efforts of the university
to achieve the highest degree of unity of effort and success.
Special Assistant to the President – External Affairs
A two-time graduate of UofSC, James E. Smith Jr. advises the president on all matters
pertaining to external relations, advancement, engagement and outreach. He is directly
responsible for the university's governmental and community affairs, military programs
and executive communications. In addition, he is responsible for coordinating and
synchronizing the university's communications and public affairs, the university development
office, alumni affairs, foundations and special events.
Vice President for Communications
Larry Thomas is the university and system spokesperson and leads all marketing, branding and public
relations efforts on behalf of the university. Under his leadership, the Office of Communications and Public Affairs shares the stories of our system, university, students, faculty and staff with the
public through the news media as well as university publications and digital communications.
Interim Chief Development Officer
Will Elliott leads the university’s fundraising program to secure private gifts in support of
students, faculty, research, programs and facilities.
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Julian R. Williams serves as the university’s chief diversity officer and is overseeing the evolution
of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Provost's Office to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the President's
Office. He provides vision and leadership for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts
across the university and within the university’s curriculum, infrastructure, policies
Vice President for Human Resources
Caroline Agardy leads the Division of Human Resources, which manages the university’s talent recruitment; benefit and compensation programs;
international employment; employee relations and performance management; HR operations;
reporting; and, HR systems. She is also responsible for fostering the personal and
professional development of university employees and providing consultative services
in the area of organizational development.
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Doug Foster provides leadership for information technology, research computing and e-learning.
Under his direction, the Division of Information Technology makes substantive contributions to the teaching and research missions of the university
and equips students with technology needed to achieve academic success. Information
Technology services are critical to the productivity of the university.
Vice President for Research
Prakash Nagarkatti leads a team that provides our faculty and students with the support they need to
break new ground in a variety of exciting fields, from creating advanced materials
to creating new plays, choreography and music. The Office of the Vice President for Research helps our researchers find the money and time they need to fully practice their scholarship.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost for Academic Support
Dennis Pruitt works with partners inside the university and outside to create an optimal learning
environment. Under his leadership the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support assists our students, faculty and staff on the Columbia campus and enhances the educational
experience for all.
Executive Director of the Office for Innovation, Partnership, and Economic Engagement
Bill Kirkland serves as the point of contact for businesses seeking to connect with
the university’s world class resources. Under his leadership, the Office for Innovation, Partnership, and Economic Engagement builds industry partnerships to drive economic development, leads the commercialization
of innovative technologies, and champions entrepreneurship and workforce development.
The office coordinates outreach efforts across all eight university campuses to create
a more diversified economy and to make South Carolina more competitive regionally,
nationally, and globally.
General Counsel and Executive Director of Compliance Programs
Walter "Terry" Parham is responsible for all institutional legal advice, including
drafting contracts, interpreting federal and state laws and regulations and reviewing
all university policy development. His office represents the university in litigation
and serves as a clearinghouse for responses to requests for information made under
the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.
Director of Athletics
Ray Tanner oversees Gamecock Athletics, including all intercollegiate athletic teams, hundreds of student athletes, coaches,
support staff and more than a dozen state-of-the-art sports arenas and athletics facilities. Prior
to becoming Director of Athletics, Tanner served as head baseball coach and led the
Gamecocks to back-to-back national championships in 2010 and 2011.