USC System Mission Statement
The primary mission of the University of South Carolina is the education of the state’s diverse citizens through teaching, research, creative activity, and service. Founded in 1801, the University of South Carolina system is the largest university in the state, serving more than 41,000 students from its flagship Columbia campus, three senior campuses (Aiken, Beaufort, and Upstate), and four regional campuses (Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union).
The University of South Carolina is a public institution offering degree programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Through the primary method of classroom and laboratory instruction and through a secondary method of distance education delivered via the Internet, teleconference and electronic media, degree programs are offered in the following areas: arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing; hospitality, retail, and sport management; mass communications and information studies; music; public health; and social work, and in professional programs such as business, law, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy.
With a flagship campus recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a top research and service institution and nationally ranked in start-up businesses, and an eight-campus system that confers nearly 40% of all bachelor’s and graduate degrees awarded at public institutions in South Carolina, the University has a profound relevance, reach, and impact on the people of the state. The University of South Carolina provides all students with the highest-quality education, including the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for success and responsible citizenship in a complex and changing world through engagement in nationally and internationally ranked research, scholarship, service, and artistic creation.
USC Sumter Mission Statement
The University of South Carolina Sumter, a regional campus of the University of South Carolina, has as its mission to provide higher education and intellectual leadership for its service area. At the heart of this mission is a teaching faculty of high quality dedicated to excellence in instruction, scholarship, public and professional service and creative endeavor which enrich the classroom experience. USC Sumter offers a varied curriculum grounded in the liberal arts, focused on preparing students to continue their education in the University and throughout life.
The University of South Carolina Sumter recruits students prepared to succeed in completing a baccalaureate- level education. While the institution does not offer remedial instruction, it is nonetheless able to admit most students who apply due to the close working relationship between students and faculty. Enrollment varies with community need, but is expected to remain at approximately 1200 students.
The University of South Carolina Sumter was established to encourage higher education in the counties of Clarendon, Lee, Kershaw, Sumter, and Williamsburg. The design of the early institution incorporated a flexibility that has allowed changes in institutional capability with increasing educational demand of constituents.
The institution awards the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees and provides for
the completion of selected bachelor degrees on campus through cooperative agreements and delivery structures with other USC System institutions. USC Sumter also provides general education and upper division coursework applicable baccalaureate degree programs offered through colleges and universities nationwide. In addition to academic coursework, the mission of the campus includes non-credit courses, seminars, and workshops made available to the community for cultural enrichment and professional development.
The traditions of cultural diversity and freedom of thought are valued at USC Sumter. In a learning environment that develops respect for racial, geographical, intellectual, and economic diversity and an awareness of individual, societal, and global responsibilities, USC Sumter promotes courses, activities, and attitudes which influence the life of the mind in men and women and instills in them a thirst to continue learning throughout life.
USC Sumter emphasizes the development of the whole person and especially seeks to foster in students the disciplines essential to an educated citizenry. Core competencies including the ability to communicate through effective writing and articulate speech; computational and quantitative mastery, creative and critical thinking, the duties of citizenship are strategically integrated within the curriculum. Classroom experiences, student activities, and physical education programs also provide opportunities for cultural enrichment, leadership development, intellectual growth and interpersonal relationships contributing to a sense of self-reliance and a joy of learning.
The University of South Carolina is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4501 for questions about the accreditation of the University of South Carolina. The accreditation report of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is available to the public in the Office of the Provost and the Office of Institutional Assessment and Compliance and is on reserve at the Thomas Cooper Library on the Columbia campus.
USC System Officers
Harris Pastides, Ph.D., President
Michael Amiridis, Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Leslie G. Brunelli, M.B.A., Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Christopher D. Byrd, M.Ed., Vice President for Human Resources
Susan D. Hanna, B.S., University Treasurer
William F. Hogue, Ed.D., Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Jancy L. Houck, M.A., Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations
Derrick E. Huggins, B.S., Vice President for Facilities and Transportation
Prakash Nagarkatti, Ph.D., Vice President for Research
Walter H. Parham, J.D., General Counsel and Executive Director of Compliance Programs
Dennis A. Pruitt Sr., Ed.D., Vice President fofr Student Affairs, Vice Provost for Academic Support and Dean of Students
Amy E. Stone, M.Ed., University Secretary and Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Edward L. Walton, B.A., SeniornVice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer
Mid-Carolina Commission for Higher Education
Austin E. Floyd, Sumter County, Chair
William H. Price, Sumter County, Vice Chair
Robert B. Smith, Sumter County, Treasurer
James C. Black, Clarendon County
John M. Brabham, Jr., Sumter County
Isaac M. Carr, Sumter County
Kay Oldhouser Davis, Ph.D., Sumter County
Angus F. McDuffie, Sumter County
William W. Wheeler III, Lee County
Sumter Partnership of the USC Educational Foundation
John Duvall (Jack) Osteen, President
C. Talmadge Tobias, Jr., Vice President
Ronald D. (Ron) Wilson, Treasurer
Mark H. Ard
Alan S. Cannon
William Dwayne (Chip) Chase
E. Lee Craig
Dennis N. Craven
Kay Oldhouser Davis, Ph.D.
Frank O. Edwards
Beverly A. Gagne
William J. (Will) Holmes III
James E. (Jim) Jones
Ronald F. (Roby) Kelley, Jr.
Theo L. Lane, Jr.
Daniel A. (Dan) Lyles
Bronwyn Kelson McElveen
Frederick (Fred) Moulton
Paul E. Robbins
Hennie van Bulck, Ph.D.
Melissa H. (Boo) White
Harris Pastides, Ph.D., President, USC, ex officio
Austin E. Floyd, Chair, Mid-Carolina Commission for Higher Education, ex officio
Michael E. Sonntag, Ph.D., Regional Campus Dean, USC Sumter, ex officio
USC Sumter Administration
Office of the Dean
Michael E. Sonntag, Regional Campus Dean, Ph.D., University of Arkansas
Paula Epperson, Executive Assistant to the Dean
Marchetta L. Williams, Human Resources Officer, B.A., Saint Leo University
Robert B. Castleberry, Professor, Ph.D., Texas Christian University
Eric M. Reisenauer, Interim Associate Dean, Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago
Carol J. Reynolds, Administrative Specialist, B.A., University of South Carolina
Kathleen N. King, Administrative Specialist, B.A., University of South Carolina
Administrative and Financial Services
Bruce K. Blumberg, Associate Dean, M.B.A., University of South Carolina
Keith E. Britton, GCDF, Director, M.P.A., Troy State University
Brenda C. Libner, Administrative Specialist, A.A., Spartanburg Junior College
Toni J. Williams, Counselor/Recruiter, Dual Enrollment Coordinator, M.Ed., Troy University
Lynwood Watts, Associate Dean and Athletic Director, M.S., University of Tennessee
Timothy D. Medlin, Head Baseball Coach, B.A., Newberry College
Adrienne N. Cataldo, Head Softball Coach, B.A., University of South Carolina
Julie N. McCoy, Manager
Vacant, Assistant Manager
Wendell D. Prescott, Manager/Bookkeeper, B.S., University of South Carolina
Laura L. Curtis, Cashier
Shelby N. Collins, Systems Support Technician, A.A., Central Carolina Technical College
David R. McDaniel, Systems Support Technician, B.A., Francis Marion University
Susan S. Brabham, Director, B.S., University of South Carolina
Division of Arts and Letters
Hayes D. Hampton, Chair, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Carolina Arias, Instructor, Spanish, M.A., University of South Carolina
Patricia Arias-Smith, Instructor, Spanish, M.S., The City College of The City University of New York
Mary Ellen Bellanca, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Delaware
Shannon Blake, Instructor, English, MFA, University of South Carolina
James W. Borton, Instructor, English, M.A., University of Maryland
Park S. Bucker, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Andrew J. Kunka, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., Purdue University
D. Ray McManus, Assistant Professor, English, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Michele N. Reese, Associate Professor, English, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
Jane Luther Smith, Instructor, Music, M.M., University of South Carolina
H. James White III, Instructor, Speech, M.Ed., University of South Carolina
Division of Business Administration and Economics
Jean-Luc E. Grosso, Professor, Economics, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Sheryl S. Grosso, Instructor, Economics, M.A., Virginia State University
Teresa L. Smith, Associate Professor, Management, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Hendrikus van Bulck, Assistant Professor, Business Administration, Ph.D., University of Georgia
Division of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education
Robert B. Castleberry, Professor, Psychology, Ph.D., Texas Christian University
Anthony Coyne, Professor, Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Blane DaSilva, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
David F. Decker, Associate Professor, History, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Salvador Macias III, Professor, Psychology, Ph.D., Georgia State University
Kerry McLoughlin, Instructor, Sociology, MA, University of South Carolina
Thomas L. Powers, Professor, History, Ph.D., University of Georgia
Eric M. Reisenauer, Professor, History, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
Division of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering
James E. Privett, Chair, Professor, Chemistry and Physics, Ph.D., Purdue University
Stephen T. Anderson Sr., Associate Professor, Mathematics/Computer Science, M.A., Western Michigan University
Stephen T. Bishoff, Associate Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
Hui-Yiing Chang, Assistant Professor, Physics, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Elizabeth Costello, Instructor, Mathematics, M.S., University of Lowell
Robert C. Costello, Professor, Chemistry, Ph.D., Stanford University
Kajal Ghoshroy, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
Matthew Hawkins, Instructor, Computer Sciences, M.S., University of North Carolina
Kim L. High, Lab Specialist, A.S., A.A., University of South Carolina
Rebecca A. Hillman, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Matthew Holley, Instructor, Mathematics, M.S., University of North Carolina
R. Austin Jenkins, Jr., Instructor, Biology, Ph.D., Clemson University
Odysseas G. Kakaras, Instructor, Mathematics, M.S., Drexel University
Daniel A. Kiernan, Instructor, Biology, M.S., Central Michigan University
Mark Roberts, Instructor Biology, Ph.D., Univ. of Central Florida
Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Veteran Affairs
Jean L. Angelo, Counselor
Elizabeth A. White, Data Manager, M.Ed., University of South Carolina
Windy Brown, Manager
Charles W. Wright, Institutional Research Analyst, M.A., University of Tennessee
Sharon H. Chapman, Head Librarian, MLS, University of South Carolina
Connie M. Pender, Library Manager, BA, Saint Leo University
Jeffrey D. Lingefelt, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, B.S., University of South Carolina Aiken
Kathy L. Davenport, Building/Grounds Specialist
Earl Green, Building/Grounds Specialist
Lucille C. Green, Building/Grounds Specialist
Kenneth Reardon Building/Grounds Specialist
R. Allen Turner, Sr., Trades Specialist
Pearson York, Sr., Building/Grounds Specialist
Opportunity Scholars Program
Lisa Sullivan Rosdail, Director, B.A., University of South Carolina
Wanda P. Skinner, Assistant Director, A.A., University of South Carolina Sumter
Mary Wayne James, Counselor, M.Ed., Clemson University
Robert L. Johnson, Cultural Events Specialist, M.Ed., University of South Carolina
Paul E. Thomas, Education Skills Specialist, M.A., Appalachian State University
Suzette Britton, OSP Administrative Assistant, A.A., University of South Carolina Sumter
Fran Castleberry, OSP Administrative Assistant and Assistant for Continuing Education
Allena Jordan, Program Coordination, M.Ed., Wayland Baptists University
George R. Thompson III, IT Director, B.S., University of South Carolina
Records and Registration
Alicia M. Curtis, Director, M.Ed., Columbia College
Anna Oswald, Administrative Assistant, M.Ed., Concordia University
Shaw Air Force Base Office
Ricky L. Boyd, Director, Shaw AFB Program, M.S., Troy State University
Lynwood Watts, Associate Dean, M.S., University of Tennessee
Mary L. Sutton, Administrative Assistant, A.B.M., Central Carolina Technical College
Kristopher E. Weissmann, Director, M.A.T, University of South Carolina
Joyce H. Hodge, Administrative Assistant, A.A., University of South Carolina Sumter
Misty F. Hatfield, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, M.A., Troy State University
USC Upstate Education Programs
Marilyn J. Izzard, Director, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
TBA, Administrative Assistant
Nancy Gallenstein, Associate Professor, M. Ed., Montana State University; Ph.D., Utah State University
Virginia Brown. Instructor, M.Ed. University of South Carolina; Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University
Judy Newman-Adjunct/Instructor, Ph. D., University of South Carolina
James W. Britton, Instructor, M.Ed., University of South Carolina
The community of scholars at the University of South Carolina is dedicated to personal and academic excellence.
Choosing to join the community obligates each member to a code of civilized behavior.
As a Carolinian…
I will practice personal and academic integrity;
I will respect the dignity of all persons;
I will respect the rights and property of others;
I will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions;
I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their need for conditions which support their work and development.
Allegiance to these ideals requires each Carolinian to refrain from and discourage behaviors which threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves.
History and Facilities
The citizens of Sumter and adjacent counties saw a need to provide higher-education opportunities at an affordable price. In 1965, by an act of the state legislature, the Sumter County Commission for Higher Education was created and granted authority to establish in Sumter County facilities to offer standard freshman and sophomore courses and such other courses as were deemed desirable. To fulfill this purpose and objective, the commission entered into a long-term contract with Clemson University for the purpose of operating the new educational facilities.
A local bond issue was passed, and with federal assistance a physical plant, with capacity for 550 to 600 students, was erected on an attractive 35-acre tract of land located in the Palmetto Park area, made available jointly by the city and county of Sumter.
In August 1966 Clemson University at Sumter opened its doors to its first class, and in December 1968 the campus was officially accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The campus has retained its accreditation since that time.
On July 23, 1973, after negotiations between the Sumter County Commission for Higher Education and officials of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina, operations of the Sumter campus were transferred to the University of South Carolina. This change was recognized by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, and after evaluating a self-study and visiting the campus in 1975, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools officially accepted the change. In 1996 the Sumter County Commission for Higher Education was restructured as the Mid-Carolina Commission for Higher Education.
In the fall of 1978, USC Sumter developed a new evening program of courses designed to meet the needs of adult students. This evening program consists of two eight-week sessions per semester and one eight-week summer session, thus enabling students to carry a full-time load solely with evening hours. An identical program is also offered primarily for military personnel at Shaw Air Force Base, but with an emphasis on upper-level courses not regularly taught at USC Sumter.
The University of South Carolina Sumter is situated on 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, with eight modern and attractive administrative and academic buildings.
The Administration Building houses the offices of the dean; associate dean for academic affairs; assistant dean for University advancement; assistant dean for administrative and financial services; assistant dean for student affairs; director of marketing and public relations; director of admissions, services, and recruitment; admissions; financial aid; records; business; advisement/counseling center; and others. It also has conference rooms and a faculty lounge.
The Business Administration Building contains classrooms and a computer instructional lab. It also houses the Opportunity Scholars Program.
The Science Building has three lecture rooms and fully equipped laboratory facilities for astronomy, chemistry, physics, botany, and zoology. Also in the Science Building are offices for the science faculty and a lobby with tables for group study.
The Anderson Library of the Sumter campus provides a pleasant setting for faculty and students to read and study. The 90,000-volume collection is especially selected to assist students in their undergraduate studies. Recreational reading is also provided. The library houses resources in many formats, including books, periodicals on microfilm, cassette lectures, microfilm readers, and a microfiche viewer. Services offered by the library include photocopying, microfilm copying, online indexes, databases, full-text journals, the online catalog, and bibliographic instruction for groups or individuals.
The Anderson Library also contains computer labs and two computer instructional labs. The Computer Services Division is also located in the library. Art displays can be seen in the University Gallery located off the main lobby. The Anderson Library also has private study rooms for students, a conference room, and a lounge area. The rear of the building contains six large classrooms and lobby space for studying.
The Student Union Building features the campus bookstore, a food court, and an open commons area with an adjacent outdoor terrace, as well as meeting rooms for student organizations. The commons area and terrace offer students a place where they may gather to eat, talk, or study. This commons area can also be used for dances and other recreational programs. The building also contains a lounge area for relaxation, reading, and viewing television.
The Schwartz Building houses the Division of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education. It contains an enhanced classroom with two-way compressed video and audio capabilities, as well as classrooms, faculty offices, and two conference rooms.
The Nettles Building contains the campus recreation and physical education department facilities, which include a wellness center, three racquetball/handball courts, a multiprogram gym, a first-aid facility, and a 500-seat auditorium.
The Arts and Letters building is the home of the Division of Arts and Letters. The building also contains a lecture hall/conference center with small break-out rooms, a banquet hall, and faculty offices, classrooms, and art labs.
Dormitory facilities are not available at the Sumter campus. Students whose homes are not in the Sumter area may find rooms in private homes or apartments.
A limited number of classrooms are also provided by the United States Air Force for USC Sumter’s use on Shaw AFB, as well as office facilities for the Shaw coordinator.