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Sam Todd appointed associate vice president and vice provost for Global Affairs

The Office of the Provost has named Sam Todd to a two-year appointment as associate vice president and vice provost for Global Affairs effective Jan. 29.

Todd has worked for the University of South Carolina since 2017 and most recently served as associate dean for faculty, operations and international partnerships in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, where he successfully carried out several strategic initiatives. He has over a decade of senior-level administrative experience from his time at South Carolina and Georgia Southern University.

Sam Todd headshot

Todd holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in sport management from Florida State University as well as a B.S. in sport management from Erskine College. He is a skilled educator and researcher whose scholarship focuses on human resource management and organizational behavior with an emphasis on sport organizations.

Todd’s priorities as associate vice president and vice provost for Global Affairs will be listening, building relationships, taking stock of campus strengths and beginning to articulate a comprehensive strategy for globalization efforts. 

“Global Carolina supports a wide range of international activities involving students, faculty, staff and programs,” says Todd. “I’m looking forward to participating in the many ongoing conversations, on campus and around the world.”

Todd, who played college basketball, fondly remembers his first immersive international experience, representing the United States as he competed throughout South America during the summer of his sophomore year. Though he has a keen understanding of the complexities of international affairs, his own transformative time abroad helps him keep the heart of his role at the forefront of his mind: International opportunities can provide not only life-long memories but life-changing experiences.

“Sam Todd’s strong leadership and impressive track record within a college that is already invested in international activity gives me full confidence in his ability to lead the division of Global Affairs,” says Donna Arnett, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “I look forward to working with Sam to advance the university’s mission of internationalization and global exchange of knowledge.” 

In the role of associate vice president and vice provost for global affairs, Todd will be responsible for supervising all Global Carolina initiatives and collaborating with other globally focused entities at the university. 

“Every day will bring something new,” says Todd. “I am thrilled to work with USC leadership, the Global Carolina team and the many campus partners to strengthen our international signature.”