President Harris Pastides

State of the University

On Oct. 3, President Harris Pastides delivered the 2018 State of the University Address to a large gathering of faculty, staff and students on the Horseshoe. In addition to celebrating 10 years of student, academic and university successes, he announced plans to retire in July 2019.

Held each fall, the State of the University Address is delivered by President Harris Pastides and sets the stage for the coming academic year. Rousing tunes played by the Mighty Sound of the Southeast greet the crowd and set the stage for President Pastides to share his vision, which reinforces the University of South Carolina's strategic goals. Those goals are built on four pillars — research, superior student experience, flexible models for access and affordability, and South Carolina's economic and overall well-being.

2018 State of the University Address

In his 2018 address, President Pastides discussed his 10 years at the helm of Carolina, growing both the number and quality of students and faculty, increasing research funding and improving access to the state's flagship university for all South Carolinians. As the president says, "At the dawn of the University of South Carolina’s next 10 years, we forge ahead with a shared vision that will make us even stronger and more impactful than we are today.

2018 State of the University prepared remarks »