From Convocation to Commencement to many in between, President Pastides is a frequent speaker. Selected speeches, remarks and editorials can be found here.
During the past decade, the University of South Carolina’s 28th president, Harris Pastides, has led USC’s flagship system of eight institutions in 19 geographic locations to higher achievements and unprecedented growth. “Our chancellors, deans, faculty and staff have proven time and again,” he says, “that even a recession and a 1,000-year flood cannot stop Carolina’s march toward world-class status and global recognition.”
Under Pastides’ tenure the university has seen the USC Honors College rise to the No. 1 public honors college in the nation; celebrated continual top rankings in undergraduate and graduate international business, public health, engineering, nursing and others; rapidly increased research funding and surpassed a $1 billion capital campaign goal.
An unwavering advocate for a superior student experience, Pastides encourages engagement beyond the classroom through leadership, service learning, international experiences, internships and undergraduate research. During his tenure, innovative programs like Palmetto College, On Your Time Graduation, Gamecock Gateway, Gamecock Guarantee and the Gamecock Student Athletic Promise provide greater access, flexibility and affordability to South Carolinians seeking a higher education degree. To date, more than 90,000 degrees have been awarded systemwide during Pastides' presidency.
In 2016, Pastides became one of seven Fulbright alumni to receive the inaugural Global Changemaker Award — given in recognition of his ongoing commitment to transform society and humanity through his work. The son of Greek immigrants, Pastides also received the 2017 prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor which pays homage to the immigrant experience and the contributions made to our nation by immigrants and their children.
Today, Pastides serves on many local, state, national and international boards including the U.S. Competitive Council, the Fulbright Program and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. He is a past chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and currently serves as the vice president of the SEC.
Prior to joining the university’s faculty as dean of the Arnold School of Public Health, Pastides was a professor of epidemiology and and chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his master’s in public health and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University. President Pastides and the first lady, Patricia Moore-Pastides, live on USC’s historic Horseshoe.
Patricia Moore-Pastides, an accomplished cook, public health professional, advocate and author, is the first lady of the university.