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Palmetto College

Faculty and Staff

Elliot Vittes, Ph.D.

Title: Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer
Associate Professor, Political Science
Palmetto College
Phone: 803-777-9396
Fax: 803-777-9357

901 Sumter Street, 615
Byrnes Building
Columbia, SC 29208

Elliot Vittes


Dr. Elliot Vittes was named Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer effective August, 2015.

Before coming to Palmetto College, Dr. Vittes was at the University of Central Florida and served as Chair of Political Science, Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies & Director of Academic Services, and Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. In those roles, he had university-wide responsibilities. He served as the inaugural chair of the SUS Undergraduate Deans Council and worked with the State University System’s (SUS) Board of Governors office. He also was a member of the university’s Carnegie Engagement Reclassification Task Force, the president’s Graduate Preparation and Employability committee (developing ideas about maximizing graduation potential for undergraduates), and helped develop and implement the 3+3 program with the Florida State University Law School.

Dr. Vittes' research covers public policy issues, including environmental policy, bureaucratic development, and campaign finance reform. His teaching has centered on public policy, environmental politics, American politics, and American political thought.

Dr. Vittes earned a bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University, a master’s degree from Cornell University, and a doctorate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, all in Political Science.

Dr. Vittes and his wife, Karen Peters, have a daughter who is a student in the University of South Carolina Honors College.