Administration building at USC Upstate


Chancellor Brendan Kelly, Ph.D.

Brendan B. Kelly, Ph.D.


Since becoming chancellor of the University of South Carolina (USC) Upstate in March 2017, Dr. Brendan B. Kelly has articulated an ambitious vision for the university aimed at creating transformative opportunities for students and the communities of South Carolina’s Upstate region and beyond. 


Clifton P. Flynn, Ph.D

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Dr. Clifton P. Flynn is provost, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and a professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been at USC Upstate since 1988.


Meredith Brunen

Meredith N. Brunen, Ed.D.

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement/Executive Director of USC Upstate Foundation

Dr. Meredith N. Brunen is the vice chancellor for university advancement and she serves as the chief philanthropic officer and executive director of the USC Upstate Foundation. Her duties include supporting and bolstering the mission of the University by securing private philanthropic support.


Daniel Feig

Daniel Feig, J.D.

Director of Athletics and Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics

Daniel Feig was introduced as the director of Athletics and Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics at USC Upstate on May 29, 2018.


Donette Stewart


Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services

Donette serves as the vice chancellor for Enrollment Services at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She has almost 30 years of experience in admissions and enrollment services.


Sheryl Turner-Watts


Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Sheryl Turner-Watts is the chief financial and operations officer and vice chancellor for finance and administration and her responsibilities include all facets of the budget planning process and ensuring the design, implementation and maintenance of systems of control/compliance to ensure the integrity of the financial and fiscal operations.


Alphonso Atkins Jr., J.D.

Chief Diversity Officer

As Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, Alphonso Atkins Jr. serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for USC Upstate.


Jessica Blais

Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications and Marketing


Jessica Blais oversees all communications and marketing initiatives as part of the University Advancement division, and serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.


Derham Cole

Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration


Derham Cole joined USC Upstate in December 2018 as associate vice chancellor for finance and administration.


Adam Long

Chief Information Officer


Adam Long serves as the Chief Information Officer at USC Upstate. He is responsible for planning, budgeting and managing all institutional information systems, networks, operations, and data services. 


Kim Purdy, Ph.D.

Dean of University College


Dr. Kim Purdy is the dean of University College and a professor of psychology at USC Upstate. University College is USC Upstate’s home for its academic support services and special academic programs, including the Student Success Centre, Honors Program, Centre for International Studies and others.


Khrystal Smith, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of Students


Dr. Khrystal Smith was named interim dean of students at USC Upstate in January 2019. Since 2015, she has served as the university’s assistant dean of students and director of student life where she oversees several programs.


Pam Steinke, Ph.D.

Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Dr. Pamela Steinke serves as Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and SACSCOC Institutional Liaison. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and has served in faculty and administrative roles at institutions in Iowa, North Carolina and Illinois before coming to USC Upstate.