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Division of Human Resources

Search Committee

Persons charged by the Board of Trustees with the recruitment and assessment of candidates for the position of President of the University of South Carolina.

Committee Members

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Thad H. Westbrook, Chair

Westbrook is the 11th Judicial Circuit member of the university’s Board of Trustees. An attorney, he is a graduate of the USC Honors College and USC School of Law. He has been a trustee since 2010 and currently serves as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees. 

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Brian Canada, Ph.D.

Canada, chair-elect of the USC Beaufort Faculty Senate, is the chair of the Department of Computer Science. He received his doctorate from Penn State University and was named USCB Professor of the Year in 2017.

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Mark Cooper, Ph.D.

Cooper is the USC Columbia Faculty Senate Chair. A professor of film and media studies, he is a graduate of Wesleyan University. Cooper earned his master's and doctorate from Brown University.

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Alex English

English is the 5th Judicial Circuit member of the university’s Board of Trustees. A South Carolina native and graduate of the university, he is retired businessman and professional basketball player. He has been a trustee since 2020. 

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Brian C. Harlan

Harlan is the 8th Judicial Circuit member of the university’s Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of the university and serves as chief executive officer of the Lakelands Region YMCA of South Carolina. He has been a trustee since 2020. 

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Alex Harrell

Harrell is the USC Columbia Student Government President. He is a native of South Carolina and studying political science and criminal justice. Harrell previously served as a USC Columbia Student Senator.

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Ernest Jenkins, Ph.D.

Jenkins is the Faculty Senate Chair for the Palmetto College campuses. A graduate of Furman University, he received his master’s and doctorate from the University of Kansas. He is an associate professor of history at USC Lancaster.

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Lisa Johnson, Ph.D.

Johnson is a system representative from the USC Upstate Faculty Senate. Johnson, a professor of women’s and gender studies, is the director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at USC Upstate. .

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Leah B. Moody

Moody is the 16th Judicial Circuit member of the university's Board of Trustees. A graduate of Hampton University, she earned a law degree from the USC School of Law. She has been a trustee since 2009.

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Emma W. Morris

Morris is the 10th Judicial Circuit member of the university’s Board of Trustees. An attorney, she is a graduate of the university and Samford University. She has been a trustee since 2020. 

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Alexandra Roach, Ph.D.

Roach is chair of the USC Aiken Faculty Assembly. An assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, she received her undergraduate from Pomona College, master’s from Western Washington University, and doctorate from University of California Davis.

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C. Dorn Smith III, M.D.

Smith is the 3rd Judicial Circuit member of the university's Board of Trustees. A graduate of Wofford College and the USC School of Medicine, he is a physician. He has been a trustee since 2010 and currently serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees. 

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Eugene P. Warr Jr.

Warr is the 4th Judicial Circuit member of the Board of Trustees and chairman emeritus of the board. He is a graduate of USC  and its School of Law and is an attorney with Lucas, Warr & White. He has been a board member since 2003 and served as chairman from 2012-16.

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Mack I. Whittle Jr.

Whittle is the 13th Judicial Circuit member of the university’s Board of Trustees. A retired bank executive, he is a graduate of the university. He has been a trustee since 1990 and served as chairman from 2000-2004. 

 

Non-Voting Advisors

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James Bennett

A graduate of the university, Bennett is vice chair of the USC Educational Foundation and is an area executive of First Citizens Bank.

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Gloria Swindler Boutte, Ph.D.

A graduate of the university, Swindler Boutte is a Carolina Distinguished Professor in the College of Education. She is also the program coordinator for the Ph.D. program in teaching and learning and the executive director and founder of the Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students. 

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Hossein Haj-Hariri, Ph.D.

Haj-Hariri  is a USC Columbia Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor and dean of the USC College of Engineering and Computing.

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Lou Kennedy

Kennedy, a USC alumna, is president, chief executive officer and owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

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Robin Roberts

Serving a two-year term as president of the USC Alumni Association, Roberts is president and co-founder of National Media Research, Planning and Placement.

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David Seaton

Seaton, a retired chairman and CEO of Fluor Corporation and university alumnus, previously served as chair of the 2008-2015 USC Columbia Carolina’s Promise capital campaign and is a governance advisor to the Board of Trustees.

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Lauren Smith

A graduate of the university, Smith is director of USC Columbia International Student Services. She is the search committee advocate for USC system staff and administrators and for matters pertaining to international enrollment.

 

Secretary to the Committee

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L. Cameron Howell IV, Ph.D.

Howell is the secretary of the Board of Trustees and serves as search committee secretary. He first served as a university admissions officer and has since served public universities and university systems throughout his extensive career..

 


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