Four finalists announced in search for next UofSC president

The University of South Carolina’s presidential search committee announced four finalists Wednesday, one of which will serve as the 29th leader of the university. The search for a successor to current President Harris Pastides began in November. Pastides has served as UofSC’s president for 10 years.

The school’s presidential search is led by an 11-member committee comprised of several members of the university’s Board of Trustees as well as the chair of the Faculty Senate, two professors, the student body president, president of the My Carolina Alumni Association and a member of the University Foundations board. Parker Executive Search, a global executive search firm based in Atlanta, assisted with identifying top candidates.

The finalists are scheduled to visit the Columbia campus April 22 through 25 for a series of meetings with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders.

All four finalists all currently serve in positions at universities out-of-state:
(Photos obtained from corresponding universities’ websites)

John Strait Applegate, executive vice president for academic affairs, Indiana University

Robert L. Caslen Jr., senior counsel to the president, and interim chief financial officer, University of Central Florida

William F. Tate IV, dean of the graduate school and vice provost for graduate education, Washington State University (St. Louis)

Joseph T. Walsh Jr., vice president for research, Northwestern University

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