In addition to our president and board, our leadership includes officers governing
academics, research, finances, giving, technology, human resources, student affairs,
communications and our extended university.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Michael Amiridis is our chief academic officer and oversees the schools and colleges of the Columbia
campus and regional campuses in Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union. He directs
the Office of the Provost and is charged with overall leadership of academic affairs, including curriculum
development and academic standards in the schools and colleges.
Chief Financial Officer
Ed Walton makes sure we are cost-efficient in our operations and coordinates our campus
facilities. He oversees the Office of Business and Finance and is responsible for implementing financial policies established by the board of
trustees. Areas under this office include law enforcement, health, safety, facilities
management, government relations and parking.
Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations
Jancy Houck is responsible for fundraising and alumni outreach efforts. She will lead
the university through its $1 billion Carolina’s Promise campaign, an eight-year fundraising effort that expects to reach its goal by 2015.
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
William Hogue provides leadership for information technology, instructional services, e-learning
and cyber infrastructure research. Under his direction, the Division of Information Technology also provides operational support for these services through University Technology
Vice President for Human Resources
Chris Byrd helps plan, implement and promote programs through the Division of Human Resources that improve our ability to attract, develop, reward and retain the exceptional faculty
and staff members of the Gamecock family.
Interim Vice President for Communications
Wes Hickman leads the team that tells the stories of our students, faculty and staff, their dreams
and their successes. The departments within the Division of Communications work together to spread those stories to the general public through the news media,
our own printed publications and our digital communications.
Chancellor of Palmetto College
Susan Elkins leads a division that provides greater access to our faculty and university
resources via online and continuing education programs, as well as our fully online
bachelor's degree completion programs. Coordinated through Palmetto College, our two-year regional campuses are a part of this growing area of the university.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost for Academic Support
Dennis Pruitt works with partners inside the university and outside to create an optimal learning
environment. Under his leadership the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support assists our students, faculty and staff and enhances the educational experience for
Vice President for Research
Prakash Nagarkatti leads a team that provides our faculty and students with the support they need to
break new ground in a variety of exciting fields, from creating advanced materials
to creating new plays, choreography and music. The Office of the Vice President for Research helps our researchers find the money and time they need to fully practice their scholarship.