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Chancellor Search

USC Upstate has launched a national search for its next Chancellor. The University is working closely with Academic Search, with support from their Senior Consultant Virginia S. Horvath, Ph.D. and Vice President and Senior Consultant William F. Howard, in the conduct of this search, under the guidance of President Robert Caslen of the University of South Carolina system.

The Opportunity

The University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina, seeks a visionary and strategic leader committed to excellence and equity to serve as the next Chancellor. This is an outstanding opportunity for a talented and accomplished executive leader with significant potential to shape and advance the future of higher education in the dynamic Upstate region of South Carolina and to significantly enhance the community impact of the University. The new Chancellor will be selected by USC President Robert Caslen and is expected to take office by July 1, 2021.

To nominate a candidate, please send personal title (Dr. Mr., Ms.), full name, institution/employer, and email address to

The Search

As the search progresses, we will periodically update content on this page. USC Upstate faculty and staff, students, and community stakeholders were previously invited to listening sessions with the search firm consultants and participate in an initial survey to assist in recruiting and selecting the next Chancellor.

Search Progress

Phase One: Pre-search Survey, Due Diligence, Preparing Search Documents

 Status: Complete

 Phase Two: Recruitment

 Status: Complete

 Phase Three: Assessment of Candidates  Status: Complete
 Phase Four: Finalist Campus Meetings  Status: In Progress


Pam Steinke, USC Upstate’s Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, serves as chair the Search Committee.

Search Committee Members

Committee Meetings, Minutes, and Communications