President's message to the university system

October 3, 2018

During today's State of University address, I announced that I will retire as President of the University of South Carolina next summer. No one should expect the good fortune to serve in any position for more than a decade — it's a significant amount of time in any person's career, let alone for a university president in turbulent times.

Of course, there is never a perfect time for an announcement like this, but the reasons are both personal and professional. On the personal side, we simply do not have the time to spend with family and friends that we always expected to have at this age and time of our lives. On the professional side, Carolina is sailing ahead, emboldened by the winds of unprecedented growth and transformation firmly at our backs. Still, this has been a tough decision for Patricia and me.

Now is not the time to reflect fully on our time here, but I want you to know that I'm indeed proud of what we have accomplished. Together, we have stood strong and resilient through many challenges and many storms to create an even greater university from the great one it was ten years ago. I'm especially proud that the threads across our 8 campuses and 19 locations are stronger and more intricately woven than ever before. It's this broad tapestry that makes us one University of South Carolina.

Patricia and I would like to express our gratitude to every member of our Carolina community for the incredible support and joy you have given us. We look forward to being able to thank you directly in the course of the next year.

It has been the privilege of my life to work with all of you and to lead this great university. In the meantime, there's still much work to be done. I look forward, with all of you, to embracing every opportunity and confronting every challenge in the year ahead, including efforts with state government towards a more secure funding stream that could contain tuition for all South Carolina students and families. It's in this spirit we forge ahead, invigorated with the belief that the University of South Carolina's best days are yet to come.

Forever to thee,
Harris Pastides