President Pastides and students gathered around the Cocky statue

Harris Pastides' Letters to the Carolina Family

While he was president, Harris Pastides communicated honestly and earnestly about topics that affected Carolina students, the university and the greater community.

A message to the Carolina Family

A message from Dr. Pastides and John C. von Lehe, Jr, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, encouraging the Carolina Family to commit to inclusivity and respect. 


Past Letters

President's message to students

USC President Harris Pastides sends a message regarding the dangers of high risk behavior, like drinking and driving, and the importance of Stand Up Carolina following the death of a Carolina student.

A Thanksgiving message

An open letter on Nov. 18, 2016 to the Carolina Family wishing them well on this Thanksgiving weekend.

Our Rich Generosity of Spirit

An open letter to the Carolina Family marking the 25th anniversary of the Carolinian Creed, a document created to foster a new age of civility and a generosity of spirit at the University of South Carolina.