Meet Our Interim Chancellor
J. DERHAM COLE, Jr.
The Honorable J. Derham Cole, Jr. has been selected to serve as interim chancellor while a national search is conducted for USC Upstate’s next chancellor.
A former State Representative for District 32 in Spartanburg County, Cole joined USC Upstate in 2018 as associate vice chancellor for finance and administration, bringing more than 15 years of business and law experience to his position. Since his arrival, he has become well-versed in the overarching goals of the university’s strategic plan and has worked closely with departments across campus to facilitate progress and a culture of continuous improvement.
USC Upstate’s profile externally has been fueled by optimism, coalition building and partnership. Cole has played a significant role in carrying this message to key community and legislative leaders whose support and vision are critical to USC Upstate’s success. His background as a lawmaker provides the university with a voice at the State House who can shepherd the projects that will ensure our growth.