COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The University of South Carolina's board of trustees has announced the names of the four candidates under consideration to become the school's 29th president.
The following names will be under consideration and have been unanimously voted on by the university's search committee:
- John S. Applegate, J.D. Professor, and Executive Vice President for University of Academic Affairs, Indiana University System
- Lt. General Robert L. Caslen, Jr. (Ret.) - MBA, Senior Counsel to the President and Interim Chief Financial Officer, University of Central Florida
- William F. Tate, IV, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Washington University in St. Louis
- Joseph T. Walsh, Jr., Ph.D., Vice President for Research, Northwestern University
The selection of the final four comes six months after current university President Harris Pastides announced he’s stepping down in 2019.
Pastides has been the president of the university for the last decade, and in a heartfelt Twitter message announcing his decision, he said: "There is little doubt that the greatest rewards came from the students."
During his tenure as president, Pastides has seen an increase in student population and taken home national championship wins in baseball (2010 and 2011) and women’s basketball (2017).