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
Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Tayloe Harding 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.
Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating 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.
Vice President for Facilities and Transportation
Derrick Huggins is responsible for university buildings and infrastructure and transportation and parking services. He provides leadership for the day-to-day operational oversight of skilled trades,
housekeeping services, landscaping, preventive maintenance and warehouse operations.
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
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Doug Foster provides leadership for information technology, instructional services, e-learning
and cyber infrastructure research. Under his direction, the Division of Information Technology also provides operational support for these services through University Technology
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.
Chief Advancement Officer and Special Adviser to the President
Paula Harper Bethea leads the Advancement division. The division coordinates and integrates
the university's external relations efforts, including the areas of communications;
development; alumni relations; corporate engagement; government and community relations;
and, special events.
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.
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.
Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Associate Provost for Inclusion
John H. Dozier serves University of South Carolina as its inaugural chief diversity officer. He
is responsible for leading diversity and inclusion efforts that are focused on creating a learning, living and working environment that
embodies our values — as stated in our Carolinian Creed.
Interim Chief Communications Officer and Director of Public Relations
Jeff Stensland is the university’s spokesperson and leads the team that tells the stories of our
students, faculty and staff. Those stories are shared with the general public through
the news media, our own printed publications and our digital communications.
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.