Message from the Executive Director
The Office of USC Foundations represents five foundations, the USC
Educational Foundation, the USC Development Foundation, the USC
Business Partnership Foundation, the Carolina Alumni Association, and
the USC Research Foundation. These five entities are unique in their
missions, functions, and governing boards, yet they share the common
goal of making the University better for those it serves today and
those it will serve in the years to come.
The success of USC Foundations can be attributed directly to the many
outstanding board members who share their expertise, talents,
wisdom, time, and resources with the foundations and the University
of South Carolina. They truly make a difference for the entire
University. Equally important is the synergy created by the
foundations working together with the Board of Trustees, the
President and other University administrators.
Over the years, the generosity of the private sector, the support of
our many successful alumni and friends, and the vitality of our
research efforts have made possible some of the most prestigious
programs at the University. Through its foundations, the University
receives numerous gifts that have a significant impact on students,
faculty, academic programs, and the community.
Working with the outstanding boards, the excellent foundation staff,
and the University administrators with whom we interact is both a
privilege and a pleasure.
As my term as Executive Director of USC Foundations comes to a close,
I want to express my sincere appreciation to our entire staff for their
wonderful support and for making our entire operation function smoothly
and efficiently. I also want to welcome Russ Meekins as my successor.
Russ has been the CFO of the Foundations for a number of years and he
will be an excellent Executive Director. Russ assumes his new duties
January 1, 2013. I would also express my heartfelt thanks to all of our
Board members and other supporters of the Foundations. Remember that there
are “No Limits” to what we can do for the Foundations and USC.
Jerome D. Odom Ph.D., Executive Director of University