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University Officials

In addition to our president and board, our leadership includes officers governing academics, research, finances, giving, technology, human resources, student affairs, communications and our extended university.

Michael Amiridis

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Michael Amiridis is our chief academic officer and oversees the schools and colleges of the Columbia campus and regional campuses in Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union. He directs the Office of the Provost and is charged with overall leadership of academic affairs, including curriculum development and academic standards in the schools and colleges.

Ed Walton

Chief Financial Officer

Ed Walton makes sure we are cost-efficient in our operations and coordinates our campus facilities. He oversees the Office of Business and Finance and is responsible for implementing financial policies established by the board of trustees. Areas under this office include law enforcement, health, safety, facilities management, government relations and parking.

Jancy Houck

Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations 

Jancy Houck is responsible for fundraising and alumni outreach efforts. She will lead the university through its $1 billion Carolina’s Promise campaign, an eight-year fundraising effort that expects to reach its goal by 2015.

William Hogue

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

William Hogue provides leadership for information technology, instructional services, e-learning and cyber infrastructure research. Under his direction, the Division of Information Technology also provides operational support for these services through University Technology Services. 

Chris Byrd

Vice President for Human Resources

Chris Byrd helps plan, implement and promote programs through the Division of Human Resources that improve our ability to attract, develop, reward and retain the exceptional faculty and staff members of the Gamecock family.

Wes Hickman

Interim Vice President for Communications

Wes Hickman leads the team that tells the stories of our students, faculty and staff, their dreams and their successes. The departments within the Division of Communications work together to spread those stories to the general public through the news media, our own printed publications and our digital communications.

Susan Elkins

Chancellor of Palmetto College

Susan Elkins leads a division that provides greater access to our faculty and university resources via online and continuing education programs, as well as our fully online bachelor's degree completion programs. Coordinated through Palmetto College, our two-year regional campuses are a part of this growing area of the university.

Dennis Pruitt

Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost for Academic Support

Dennis Pruitt works with partners inside the university and outside to create an optimal learning environment. Under his leadership the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support assists our students, faculty and staff and enhances the educational experience for all.

Prakash Nagarkatti

Vice President for Research

Prakash Nagarkatti leads a team that provides our faculty and students with the support they need to break new ground in a variety of exciting fields, from creating advanced materials to creating new plays, choreography and music. The Office of the Vice President for Research helps our researchers find the money and time they need to fully practice their scholarship.