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Andrew A. Sorensen

Andrew Sorensen, 27th president, dies

Andrew A. Sorensen, the 27th president of the University of South Carolina, died Sunday (April 17).

Andrew A. Sorensen
Andrew A. Sorensen

Dr. Sorensen, 72, was Carolina’s president from 2002-08 and was distinguished professor and distinguished professor emeritus in the School of Medicine until last fall when he left to become senior development officer at Ohio State University.

President Harris Pastides said the university community was deeply saddened by Sorensen’s death and that higher education had lost a nationally respected leader.

“All of us at Carolina are deeply saddened by the loss of Andrew Sorensen.” Pastides said. “As a nationally respected leader in American higher education, Andrew left his mark across our nation, and his contributions to our university were many and important.

“He will be remembered as the father of Innovista, as a bridge builder to the African American community and to the University Hill neighborhood, where he and Donna lived for two years while the President’s House on the Horseshoe was undergoing much needed renovation.

“He was a gifted professor, an accomplished administrator and ebullient public servant who brought intellect, judgment, passion and wit to his every calling. He never stopped growing, inspiring others and winning friends. His loss is a deeply personal one for Patricia and me and for all of the staff, faculty, trustees and students who knew him. How fortunate we are to have had this wonderful man in our lives."

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