the horseshoe

The Search Committee

Meet the team working with an executive search firm to identify candidates to become the 29th president of the University of South Carolina.

Hubert F. Mobley

Hubert F. "Hugh" Mobley

Mobley is the 6th Judicial Circuit member of the university's Board of Trustees. A pharmacist and businessowner, Mobley is a UofSC graduate and has served on the board since 2011. He is chairman of the search committee.

Robert F. Dozier

Robert F. Dozier, Jr.

Dozier is president of the My Carolina Alumni Association and serves as the association’s representative on the university’s Board of Trustees. A graduate of UofSC, he is in the banking and mortgage industry. He has been a trustee since 2018.

Julius Fridriksson

Julius Fridriksson

Fridriksson is a professor in communication science and disorders and director of the Aphasia Lab. He is a graduate of the Sudurnes Community College in Iceland and the University of Central Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in speech pathology from the University of Arizona. He is the Columbia faculty representative on the search committee.

William C. “W.C.” Hammett Jr.

William C. “W.C.” Hammett Jr.

Hammett is a director of Rave Restaurant Group and past executive for a number of national companies including iH3, Dave & Busters, La Quinta Inns and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Hammett is the USC Foundations representative on the search committee.

Araceli Hernandez-Laroche

Araceli Hernandez-Laroche

Hernández-Laroche is associate professor of modern languages and assistant department chair of language, literature and composition at USC Upstate. Hernández-Laroche earned her BA from UCLA and her PhD from UC Berkeley. She is the university system faculty representative.

William C. Hubbard

William C. Hubbard

Hubbard is the 5th Judicial Circuit member of the university's Board of Trustees. A graduate of the University of South Carolina and the UofSC School of Law, he received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the university's highest student award. He has been a board member since 1986 and served as chairman from 1996-2000.

Leah B. Moody

Leah B. Moody

Moody is the 16th Judicial Circuit member of the university's Board of Trustees. A graduate of Hampton University, she earned a law degree from the UofSC School of Law. She has been a trustee since 2009.

C. Dorn Smith III

C. Dorn Smith III

Smith is the 3rd Judicial Circuit member of the university's Board of Trustees. A graduate of Wofford College and the UofSC School of Medicine, he is a physician. He has been a trustee since 2010.

Marco Valtorta

Marco Valtorta

Valtorta is a professor of computer science and engineering. A graduate of Politecnico di Milano and Duke University, Valtorta is chairman of the Faculty Senate and represents the group on the search committee.

Eugene P. Warr Jr.

Eugene P. Warr Jr.

Warr is the 4th Judicial Circuit member of the Board of Trustees and chairman emeritus of the board. He is a graduate of UofSC and the School of Law and is an attorney with Lucas, Warr & White. He has been a board member since 2003 and served as chairman from 2012-16.

Taylor Wright

Taylor Wright

Wright is a UofSC senior majoring in public health and is the Columbia Student Government president. Wright is the founder of Carolina Health Outreach, a health-focused campus organization that provides leadership opportunities in the health care field for students.