n 2001, the University of South Carolina celebrates not simply the birthday of this institution but also the allegiance and vision of a state. In 1801, the General Assembly chartered South Carolina College and created an institution unlike any other. At the time, no other college in America was funded entirely by state funds or had a Board of Trustees composed entirely of citizens elected by the General Assembly. But South Carolina made a commitment to such a college, and gave it a noble mission. In our founding resolution of December 19, 1801, the state charged this new institution "to promote the instruction, the good order, and the harmony of the whole community."
All of us have the good fortune to be able to celebrate together our historic founding and renew the University's service to our students, state, and nation. USC will be the only college or university celebrating a bicentennial with the start of the new millennium. During that year, we will reflect on our past and look ahead with optimism. We already have taken major steps to build on our growth and create not simply one of America's largest public universities but also one of the finest. As we look from 2001 into the new century, we will assess how we can best strengthen our role as the state's largest educator and its most comprehensive provider of teaching, research, and service.
Thanks for sharing with Carolina the excitement of this special Bicentennial in 2001.