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Dr. Thomas Moore
Dr. Thomas Moore

Dr. Thomas Moore tapped to be Upstate chancellor


Dr. Thomas F. Moore, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Winthrop University, has been named chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate.

His appointment was announced Wednesday (May 4) by USC President Harris Pastides, who said Moore’s extensive background in higher education, knowledge of the state and commitment to excellence as a professor and an administrator make him an ideal choice to succeed Dr. John Stockwell, who is retiring after 17 years as chancellor.

“Tom Moore will be a dynamic, inspirational leader for Upstate,” Pastides said. “He is passionate about education and has a deep understanding of its vital role in shaping personal and intellectual growth, enhancing quality of life, and driving economic development. His knowledge of South Carolina and the challenges that our state faces will allow him to make a smooth transition into his new role as a leader of one of the nation’s emerging metropolitan universities.”

Moore, 59, said he is honored to have been selected to lead Upstate and rejoin USC, where he earned his doctorate in inorganic chemistry.

“I am grateful to Dr. Pastides for the confidence he has shown in me and for the opportunity to lead USC Upstate, particularly as it expands its economic development role and solidifies its reputation as a leading metropolitan university,” Moore said. “The leadership of Chancellor Stockwell has positioned the university for continued growth, greater visibility in the region and the state and growing recognition across the nation. Marsha and I are very pleased to be rejoining the USC family, and we look forward to working closely with President Pastides, the Board of Trustees and the Spartanburg Commission on Higher Education.”

Moore’s appointment is the high point of a 30-year career in higher education in which he has worked closely with various constituencies, including students, faculty, administrators, alumni and business, community and political leaders. He joined Winthrop in 1986 as chair of the department of chemistry and physics, a post he held until 1994. In 1991, he also became director of the Master of the Liberal Arts Program. He served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2001- 03 and in the top position of faculty governance, representing faculty before Winthrop’s Board of Trustees, from 1996 - 2000.

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