Dean Tom Reichert poses with the photo student services used during the orientation
Charles Bierbauer made a cameo appearance with the last new student orientation group.
FROM THE DEAN . . .
A new beginning
Hello, CIC friends and alumni. It is with great honor that I greet you as the CIC’s
new dean. You are receiving this eNews on August 1 — my first official day at the
I have big shoes to fill. As founding dean, Charles Bierbauer has done a tremendous job growing the college and expanding its reputation. I inherit
a well-run program with terrific faculty, alumni and students. Charles has been exceptionally
thoughtful during the transition and I can’t thank him enough. Let me confirm that
the state of the college is strong: We’re on firm footing, the structure is sound,
and the future is bright. I’m pleased to report that Charles will remain with USC
working on several projects and assignments. He will always have a home at the CIC.
I made a gift in Dean Bierbauer’s honor. I encourage you to do the same here.
My family and I are excited to call Columbia home. We’re settling into the community
as you read this note. My wife Jill and our two boys, Repp (12) and Hinton (9), are
sports fanatics so you’ll find at least one of us at most USC events. My boys will
need some reprogramming as one was born in Tuscaloosa and the other in Athens—but expect them to be die-hard Gamecock fans before long.
Just to give you some background, I’m beginning my 21st year as a faculty member and
administrator. Most recently, I served as head of the advertising and public relations
department in UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. We undertook
some exciting initiatives while I was there, and I look forward to helping CIC determine
its next steps as we navigate the future.
Our goals will remain the same: have the best-prepared graduates; change the world
with our scholarship; and, work to positively impact the profession and community
through our service. We’ll also continue to ensure that the CIC gets the attention
and respect it deserves. We look forward to working with you to help us achieve these
In closing, a big thanks to you and Dean Bierbauer for all you’ve done to make the
CIC a terrific college.
I look forward to meeting you and hearing your suggestions for how we can work together
to continue to move the CIC forward.