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Division of Human Resources

Leadership Development

Leaders define, influence and model the core values of our university. By developing our leaders today, we ensure we are equipped to lead our university tomorrow.

The University of South Carolina offers two leadership development programs — Pipeline for Academy Leadership (PAL) and Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). 

The PAL fellowship is an invitation-only program for academic leaders and administrative executives who are currently serving in, or who have the potential to, hold a high-level position at UofSC in the near future. Examples of the types of employees who participate in this program are: directors, assistant vice presidents, associate vice presidents, department chairs, assistant deans and associate deans.

To participate in this program, academic leaders must be nominated by the dean of their college or school, and then approved by the Office of the Provost. Administrative executives must be nominated by the vice president of their division.

Nominations for faculty members must be submitted to Dr. Cheryl Addy ( in the Provost Office by Monday, June 1, 2020.

Nominations for administrative executives must be submitted to Nathan Strong ( in the Organizational and Professional Development Office by Monday, June 1, 2020.

The Vice President for Human Resources and the Provost contacts each nominee to determine if they are able to participate. A cohort of 24-28 persons are selected each year.

In order to receive a certificate of completion, program participants are required to attend 85% or more of the leadership sessions that run from August to April. Participants are also required to participate in peer group coaching sessions, and a project that may involve additional meeting time outside of the scheduled leadership sessions.

A 360° feedback process is conducted which requires participants to meet with a coaching mentor from the Organizational and Professional Development Office to discuss the results. An Individual Development Plan [pdf] is created based upon the 360° feedback process and coaching conversations.

All costs associated with this program are covered by the university.

Nominations occur in April-May and participants are notified of their selection in June. The PAL program follows the academic year, running from mid-August through the end of April.


PAL dates for 2020-2021:

Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, September 21 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, November 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
Friday, December 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, January 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 11 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Monday, March 15 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Note: All sessions are scheduled for 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 101 unless otherwise noted. 

Contact Nathan Strong, Director of Organizational and Professional Development, at 803-777-3508 for additional information regarding the Pipeline for Academy Leaders program, or email the department at

The Emerging Leaders Program is for administrative professionals who are in a supervisory or management position and have the potential to hold a higher-level administrative leadership position at UofSC in the near future.

Reminder: 85% program attendance required for successful ELP completion.

Session Date Time
Session 1  Thursday, September 5, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm 
Session 2  Friday, September 6, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Session 3  Monday, September 30, 2019 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Session 4  Tuesday, October 15, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Session 5  Thursday, November 7, 2019 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Session 6  Monday, December 9, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Session 7  Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Session 8  Thursday, January 23, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Session 9  Thursday, February 20, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Session 10  Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (POSTPONED) 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm 
Session 11  Friday, April 17, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Note: All sessions are scheduled for 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 101 unless otherwise noted. 

No applications will be accepted in 2020. 

In order to provide training of the highest quality, the ELP program will be undergoing review during the 2020-21 academic year.  We will be using this time to reflect on participant feedback, update course materials, and incorporate new topics into the curriculum. 

The new version will be unveiled in Spring of 2021. 

These programs provide a framework for leadership development that starts at the personal level, increasing self-awareness to better communicate, influence and work with others; and then develops skills for leading teams and organizations.

Participants gain valuable insights into their own preferences, tendencies and behaviors as leaders by engaging a series of assessments, including a 360-degree feedback process. Cohort groups learn about the university’s academic and administrative culture and work processes through interaction with the institution’s leadership.

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