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

Continued: State of the University

“I’m proud to say that Carolina is educating more students this fall than at any other time in our history,” said Pastides, who reported that more than 40 percent of Palmetto State students attending a public university are enrolled at a University of South Carolina campus.

Pastides said the university must do more to recruit diverse students, including African Americans who have a high enrollment on all of the university’s campuses except Columbia.

• Faculty: Focus Carolina led to an initiative to “create and promote programs to attract, develop and retain a strong faculty,” Pastides said.

In recent years, the university’s Centenary Plan and Faculty Excellence initiatives were successful in recruiting faculty as senior faculty retired. “Now it’s critical to Advance Carolina by developing a long-range plan to review faculty and retention efforts throughout the system,” said Pastides, who announced that Provost Michael Amiridis and his staff are working on an expanded faculty recruiting and retention initiative.

• Facilities, maintenance: The university also needs a plan to address deferred-maintenance needs. A preliminary funding plan will support a more aggressive deferred-maintenance schedule, and new building projects are moving ahead as much as possible, Pastides said.

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