a woman walking on the Horseshoe in spring

Our Leadership

As the state’s flagship university, we are governed by a board of trustees appointed by the governor and state lawmakers. President Harris Pastides has guided our university and the USC system since 2008.

Harris Pastides

Meet Our President

Our president serves as the top officer for the Columbia campus and for the entire USC system. President Harris Pastides was dean of the Arnold School of Public Health before becoming president in 2008. 

Horseshoe Gates

Board of Trustees

Our board is made up of the governor, the state education superintendent, 16 members appointed by state lawmakers from each of the state’s judicial circuits and the president of the Alumni Association. The governor has an appointee and usually designates someone to fill the governor’s seat on the board. 


University Officials

In addition to our president and board, our leadership includes positions governing academics, research, finances, giving, technology, human resources, student affairs, communications and our extended university.