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University History

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Presidential Commission on University History

In 2019, President Robert L. Caslen created the commission to examine and address historic context at the university, from evaluating and re-naming university buildings to broadening acknowledgement of key groups and individuals that have contributed to the university over time.

Upcoming Commission Meetings

Monday, July 12, 2021 - 1–3 p.m.


Purpose of the Commission

When the commission was established in 2019, it was provided with a charge of work from President Caslen. In 2020, the charge was modified and updated.

Commission Actions

  • Developed and approved the criteria for building name recommendations  | February 12, 2021
  • UofSC Board of Trustees unanimously passed resolution requesting renaming of Sims Hall | June 21, 2020
  • Commission’s resolution to rename the J. Marion Sims residence hall endorsed by President Caslen | June 15, 2020
  • Initiated campus-wide review of building names | Spring 2020
  • Commission established by President Caslen | October 18, 2019



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