COLUMBIA — University of South Carolina President Michael Amiridis has stuffed all vacancies within the high leadership group on the state’s largest college system because the flagship campus prepares for one more yr of document pupil enrollment.
The college Board of Trustees Aug. 19 approved the hiring of Rex Tolliver as vp for pupil affairs and educational help, and Michelle Dodenhoff as vp for growth, who will spearhead upcoming fundraising efforts.
“With the addition of Michelle and Rex to our senior leadership group, the cupboard is now full and able to begin the new educational yr collectively as we focus our collective energies on the way forward for USC,” Amiridis mentioned in a press release.
Amiridis, 59, left USC in 2015 after 20 years, having risen from an assistant professor in chemical engineering to Provost, to function chancellor University of Illinois Chicago. Now he is again.
The approval of Tolliver and Dodenhoff comes a day after greater than 35,000 college students began courses for the autumn semester, together with a freshmen class with 6,596 college students that’s 6.5 % bigger than 2021-22.
Amiridis introduced Tolliver with him from the University of Illinois Chicago the place Tolliver served as vice chancellor of pupil affairs since 2017.
Prior to becoming a member of UIC, Tolliver served as government director of pupil unions on the University of Arizona, government director of auxiliary providers at Louisiana State University and monetary officer at Idaho State University.
Michelle Dodenhoff returns to USC after a number of years away.
She beforehand spent 9 years at USC as affiliate vp for college growth after which vp for growth and alumni affairs. Most just lately, she served as chief growth officer and senior vp of philanthropy at Ochsner Health in New Orleans.
Stacy Fritz will function the president’s chief of workers.
Other current additions embrace Provost Donna Arnett and Julius Fridriksson, vp for analysis.
Arnett was beforehand dean of the College of Public Health on the University of Kentucky. She additionally has served as affiliate dean and chair of the Department of Epidemiology on the University of Alabama. Arnett holds a nursing diploma and a grasp’s diploma in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of South Florida and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Fridriksson, a stroke and aphasia researcher with the Arnold School of Public Health, is director of the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery, which conducts groundbreaking analysis to assist stroke victims recuperate from mind harm. He has been at USC since 2001.
There are nonetheless energetic searches to rent three deans for USC libraries the College of Education and the Darla Moore School of Business.
In his first official report back to the Board of Trustees, Amiridis spoke of an initiative to collect pupil enter known as Imagine Carolina.
“When it’s essential know what the scholars need, ask the scholars,” he mentioned.
Between 400 and 500 undergraduates will collect at a retreat to provide suggestions on their experiences at USC. Events may even be held for graduate college students and college students on the system’s two- and four-year campuses across the state, Amiridis mentioned.
Amiridis additionally mentioned an effort to rent a extra numerous school at USC as enrollment of minority college students approaches 25 % of the entire pupil physique.
“These college students, with a view to achieve success, want extra function fashions in our school ranks than we presently have,” he mentioned.