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Darla Moore School of Business


Joan Gabel

Title: Provost, University of South Carolina
Department: Department of Management
Darla Moore School of Business
Office: Osborne Building


Gabel served as dean of the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business for five years. While at Missouri, Gabel was named a “shining star” by the Wall Street Journal and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Bunche, Kemper and Holmes-Cardozo awards for Excellence in Research. Before joining the University of Missouri, she served as a DeSantis Professor and chair of the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Legal Studies at Florida State University’s College of Business and as director of international relations for the College of Business. Gabel also served on the faculty of the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University for 11 years, where she was interim director of the Institute of International Business and faculty director of the Atlanta Compliance and Ethics Roundtable. She has also served as editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal. 

Raised in Atlanta, Gabel earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia.

She and her husband, Gary, have three children: a daughter who is a rising junior at the University of Missouri, a son who is a rising high school senior and another son who is a rising eighth grader.

Provost Role

As provost of the University of South Carolina, Gabel is charged with the oversight of the university’s graduate and undergraduate academic programs as well as curriculum development, program assessment and university accreditation. The provost also is responsible for formulating and implementing systemwide academic affairs policies relating to faculty hiring, retention, tenure, promotion and development.


B.A., Philosophy, Haverford College
J.D., University of Georgia