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Dr. Chris Plyler

Vice Provost and Executive Dean for Extended University

Dr. Plyler provides leadership and focus for the teaching, scholarship, and service missions of the Regional Campuses of the University of South Carolina. As Vice Provost, he is also responsible for the division of Continuing Education including the evening program, the military program at Fort Jackson; noncredit activities, and regional campus financial aid services. He is also responsible for USC's Extended Campus which includes the University Center in Greenville and the Lowcountry Graduate Center. The Vice-Provost and Executive Dean serves on the President's Executive Council and the Council of Academic Deans.

Dr. Plyler is a 1973 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He earned his Masters Degree in Higher Education from the University of South Carolina and his Ph.D. in 1978 from Florida State University.

Prior to his appointment in July 1999 as Vice Provost for Regional Campuses and Continuing Education, Dr. Plyler served as: Dean of the Beaufort Campus (July 1990 - July 1999); Vice Chancellor for Student Services at USC Aiken (August 1982 - July 1990), and as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at USC Salkehatchie (November 1978 - August 1982). In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Plyler is a Professor in the College of Education Department of Educational Leadership and Policies.

Throughout his tenure, he has served on numerous institutional and University-wide task forces and committees. Dr. Plyler has taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels and has published on the subject of collective bargaining in higher education. He is an active member in seven professional associations.

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