The University of South Carolina recently appointed current VP for system planning and psychology professor Mary Anne Fitzpatrick as interim chancellor of USC Upstate until the institution settles on a permanent choice for its leader.
“Dr. Fitzpatrick will make the leadership of USC Upstate her full-time mission during the coming months,” University President Harris Pastides said. “She will not simply be a caretaker but will build upon USC Upstate’s momentum, advance the forward progress and ensure a strong foundation for a permanent chancellor. Her familiarity with the system and the USC Upstate campus, as well as her skills as gifted administrator and higher education leader, will prove invaluable during this time.”
Previously Fitzpatrick, who will take charge Aug. 1, served as the dean of Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences, overseeing faculty selection and program development, and was instrumental in establishing the school’s summer semester option.
“I am honored to serve as the interim chancellor at USC Upstate,” Fitzpatrick said. “It is evident to me that … the faculty and staff and students want to continue to move the institution forward.”
Referring to the school’s successful efforts to coordinate transition programs for area technical students, she said, “It’s a national model for collaboration.”
USC Upstate’s Spartanburg campus, located in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills, enrolls approximately 5,334 undergraduate students.