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College of Education

Faculty and Staff

Chris P. Plyler, Ph.D.

Title: Vice Chancellor for Palmetto College and Vice Provost
Professor of Education
Department: Educational Leadership and Policies
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-7695
Fax: 803-777-8840

Thornwell Administrative Annex 337


Palmetto College

Chris Plyler


Ph.D., Florida State University
M.Ed., University of South Carolina
B.A., Clemson University


Higher education policy, the student in higher education, collective bargaining in higher education


Dr. Chris Plyler is the Executive Vice Chancellor for Palmetto College and Vice Provost at the University of South Carolina. As Vice Provost, he provides leadership and focus for the teaching, scholarship, and service missions of the Regional (now Palmetto) campuses of the University. He is also responsible for Extended University Programs including evening and week-end programs; the military program at Fort Jackson; the office of Continuing Education and Conferences, and Palmetto Campus instructional and student support services. Dr. Plyler participates in the Council of Academic Deans. Throughout his tenure, he has served on numerous institutional and University-wide task forces and committees and is an active member in state and national professional associations. In addition to his administrative appointment, he serves as Professor of Educational Leadership in the USC College of Education.

Dr. Plyler has served four campuses of the University of South Carolina for 36 years in such capacities as: Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the Salkehatchie Campus; Associate Chancellor for Student Affairs at USC Aiken, and Dean of the USC Beaufort Campus before being appointed Vice Provost and Executive Dean at USC Columbia in 1999. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clemson University in 1973 and received his Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina in 1975. He received his Ph.D in Educational Leadership and Public Administration from Florida State University in 1978.