Meet Our Chancellor

Chancellor Brendan Kelly, Ph.D.

Optimism, energy and a bold new vision for the future are hallmarks of Dr. Brendan B. Kelly’s leadership since he became chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate in March 2017.

Chancellor Kelly and his executive team have continued to position USC Upstate as one of the top regional comprehensive universities in the Southeast—one that continues to create life-changing opportunities for students and the communities of the Palmetto State’s Upstate region and beyond.

During Kelly’s tenure, USC Upstate has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the No. 1 Top Public Regional University in the South, as the ninth-best baccalaureate college in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine, and as a College of Distinction.

As the head of the largest regional comprehensive university in the USC system, Kelly has implemented Up Together: USC Upstate Strategic Plan 2018-2023. The plan outlines three priorities: Providing rigorous, career-relevant and accessible education; enhancing the quality of life in Upstate South Carolina; and being a university of choice for faculty, staff, students, and the community.


Communications from the Chancellor

First Lady, Dr. Tressa Kelly
First Lady Dr. Tressa Kelly

Dr. Tressa Kelly leads a number of initiatives at USC Upstate. She is involved in programs to support the beautification of our campus and is an avid supporter of Upstate's athletics and arts programs.

Meet Our First Lady