Angelina Sylvain has joined the University of South Carolina as the special assistant to the provost and the vice dean of graduate education. In this dual appointment, Sylvain will collect and provide data analytics to inform the financial, policy and programming decisions of both the Graduate School and academic affairs at South Carolina and will help grow the university’s online offerings.
“This is an exciting time in higher education,” Sylvain says. “Whether it is the effects of the pandemic, the changing landscape of education delivery, or the increased attention to the value of diversity and inclusion, students and citizens alike are demanding we shift with the times. We are uniquely positioned to serve as change agents to best support our students and the state of South Carolina, and I am excited to play a role in shaping the next leg of this journey.”
Sylvain comes to the University of South Carolina from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was the interim associate dean for policy and program analysis. Previously, she received her bachelor’s in biological sciences from the University of California-Irvine and attained her doctorate in neuroscience from Princeton University.
In her new role, she will provide oversight to the recently announced Carolina Online program, which is UofSC’s system-wide comprehensive effort to deliver bachelor and graduate degree programs online. Her long-term goals are to highlight the contributions graduate students are making at South Carolina, to strengthen the infrastructure that supports graduate students, and to increase data transparency across the university.
“We are excited to have someone of Angelina’s caliber joining our team in academic affairs,” says William F. Tate, the university’s provost and executive vice president of academic affairs. “Her expertise in data analytics will be integral to achieving the vision of growth that we have for academic excellence at this university. Both current and future students, graduate and undergraduate students, and in-residence and online students will benefit from having Angelina at the University of South Carolina.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Sylvain to the Graduate School,” says Tracey Weldon, the interim dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education. “Her expertise in data analytics will provide us with the insight needed to make informed and thoughtful decisions, particularly as we work to implement many of the strategic initiatives impacting graduate education. Dr. Sylvain will be a great addition to our team.”