A close up of the wrought-iron gates on the historic Horseshoe

UofSC Board of Trustees holds February meeting

The university’s board and several committees met on Friday (Feb. 18). Here’s a roundup of actions they took.

UofSC to commemorate 3 students who desegregated the university

The University of South Carolina will honor the three Black students who desegregated the school in 1963 with statues on the Columbia campus commemorating the historic day when they enrolled and became the first Black university students since the Reconstruction era, paving the way for generations of future scholars.

The university’s Board of Trustees voted on Friday (Feb. 18) to erect the statues celebrating Robert G. Anderson, Henrie Monteith Treadwell and James L. Solomon Jr. The statues will portray the three students as they took their historic walk from the Osborne Administration building to the Naval Armory, now Hamilton College, where they first registered for classes on the morning of Sept. 11, 1963.

Academic programs added, modified

 Several system institutions received approval for academic changes. At the Columbia campus, new programs include:

  • a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Services Management in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management;
  • a Graduate Certificate, a Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Midwife in the College of Nursing;
  • a Graduate Certificate in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the College of Nursing;
  • a Graduate Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner in the College of Nursing;
  • a Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the College of Nursing;
  • and a new articulation agreement establishing direct transfer pathways from associate degree programs offered by Midlands Technical College to bachelor's degree programs offered by the university.

Columbia campus program modifications include:

  • an added concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management to the Professional Master of Business Administration in the Darla Moore School of Business;
  • streamlining the curriculum and changing the start date of a Master of Studies in Law, Health Systems Law in the School of Law;
  • a change in the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Services to change the name of the concentration in Pharmacy Administration to Pharmaceutical Outcomes Sciences and specify areas of specialization within the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Sciences concentration and to consolidate concentrations in Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Pharmaceutics into Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy;
  • change the name of the Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Administration to Master of Science in Nursing, Healthcare Leadership and the addition of 100 percent online delivery in the College of Nursing;
  • change the name of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration to Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership and the addition of 100 percent online delivery in the College of Nursing.

USC Aiken received approval for the new Pacer Center designed to foster collaboration with local business partners.

USC Upstate modified a Bachelor of Arts in Biology to give students more flexibility in double majoring, as well as changed two names: the Mary Black School of Nursing to Mary Black College of Nursing, and the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health to College of Education, Performance, and Health.

Four Palmetto College program modification were also approved: the addition of dual enrollment sites for the Associate of Arts/Associate of Science degrees at USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter and USC.

Contract and lease approvals

 During the meeting, the board signed off on a variety of new contracts, including:

  • a license agreement between the University Libraries and Elsevier for access to journals and publications;
  • a license agreement between University Libraries and AIP Publishing for access to physics journals and publications;
  • a renewal of an agreement between the Provost’s Office and Global Carolina and the Embassy of Oman-Cultural Division, a revenue-generating contract where the university will admit up to 70 qualified Omani students;
  • an agreement between USC Upstate Admissions and EAB Global Marketing for use of EAB expertise to increase student application pool and enrollment;
  • a joint agreement between USC Upstate Athletics, Nike USA and BSN Sports, LLC for sports apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment;
  • a contract amendment between USC Upstate and Sodexho Operations, LLC to find an equitable adjustment of the revenue split;
  • a lease agreement with Weston SCIP1, LLC for warehouse space in West Columbia for University Libraries to use the space as a remote bookstore and storage space;
  • a lease agreement with Tower on Main, LLC for space for the Moore School PMBA program in Greenville;
  • an amendment to the Athletics department and IMG Corporate Sponsorship rights agreement to adjust the revenue split;
  • and an amendment to the Athletics and Aramark concessions services agreement to create an equitable revenue split.

Personnel approvals

Several Athletics employment agreements were approved at both the Columbia campus and for USC Upstate. New assistant football coach Jody Wright’s two-year agreement was approved, as well as one-year contract extensions and salary increases for six other assistant football coaches: Montario Hardesty, Pete Lembo, Jimmy Lindsey, Justin Stepp, Clayton White and Luke Day.

USC Upstate Athletics received approval for a contract renewal for head softball coach Chris Hawkins, as well as approval to appoint Hawkins as associate athletic director for a four-year term.

Additionally, the Board gave the nod for the hiring of three new professors with tenure at USC Columbia, and officially approved the terms of employment for President-Elect Michael Amiridis.

Other actions

 During the course of the meeting, the Board also approved:

  • a voluntary separation program for faculty in the College of Education;
  • the proposed fiscal year 22-23 budget for Audit and Advisory Services;
  • and a list of honorary degree recipients and commencement speakers, to be publicly announced at a later date.

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