R. Britton Katz, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert Britton “Brit” Katz is interim vice chancellor of Student Affairs and dean of students at USC Upstate. He comes to Upstate with more than 30 years of higher education experience, including 16 years at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was vice-president and senior dean for Student Life and assistant professor of education. During his tenure at Millsaps, Katz helped establish several programs and initiatives to support students. They include the African-American Student Advisory Circle; the DiverCity Council; SAFE Space for the LGBTQ+ community; the Center for Career Education; and the International Student Organization.

As co-chair of the Retention and Care Team and the enrollment management committee, Katz helped welcome new students to campus and ensure their academic success while there. He also collaborated with Institutional Advancement to create three endowments recognizing student achievement, and with his department, developed awards for student leadership.

Katz also oversaw the athletics department, and helped expand full-time sports offerings from 10 to 18. He was instrumental in efforts to build new sports facilities, including a tennis-softball complex and track and field facility, as well as three new residence halls.

Prior to his career at Millsaps, Katz was assistant dean for Campus Life and director of Residence Life at Emory University in Atlanta.

Katz received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Mississippi. He also has a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Mississippi State University.