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President Pastides addresses audience at School of Law auditorium
President Pastides addresses audience at School of Law auditorium.

President pledges commitment to ‘Advance Carolina’

University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides delivered his first “State of the University Address” since his investiture last November and told university faculty, staff and students that it is time to “Advance Carolina.”

The directive comes from a year-long, comprehensive initiative known as “Focus Carolina” that examined the university’s core values and core mission.

“Focus Carolina was guided by a new commitment to be ‘bigger and better,’ Pastides said. “Bigger, so that our eight universities can serve more of our citizens … and better because we have the talent, and we have the faculty and students to have an impact on everything that the United States needs more of to remain a beacon of hope and prosperity.”

This year, Pastides said, “It’s time to ‘Advance Carolina.’ Thank goodness for those stimulus funds and thank goodness that for two years we will have the flexibility to carry out selected activities that will make us bigger and better during a time when many would expect us to hunker down.”

Among Advance Carolina plans:

• Students: A key initiative will be “Teaching and Learning Excellence” to recruit and retain a high-quality and diverse student body. The 2009 freshman class is the largest ever, with its highest-ever SAT average (1194).

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