Campus Chancellors and Executive Deans
Each system campus is led by its own chancellor or executive dean who is committed
to the academic success of every student, and is dedicated to the local communities
in which they serve.
Susan Elkins — Palmetto College
Named chancellor of and chief administrative officer of Palmetto College in February
2013, Chancellor Susan Elkins coordinates the entire university system's degree completion
programs. Elkins is also responsible for the overall planning, resource allocation
and program evaluation of the USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter and USC
Union campuses as well as the online bachelor’s degree completion programs offered
by the four senior campuses — USC Aiken, USC Beaufort, USC Columbia and USC Upstate.
Sandra Jordan — USC Aiken
Chancellor Sandra Jordan has been leading the University of South Carolina Aiken since
August 2012. Since her arrival at USC Aiken, the university has increased international
partnerships, added a Veteran and Military Support Center that has garnered national
recognition, increased student enrollment more than 6%, added a new engineering program
and an MBA, increased regional corporate and business partnerships, created a collegiate
structure within the university and increased fundraising to the highest levels in
the history of the institution.
Mary Anne Fitzpatrick — USC Upstate
An internationally recognized authority on interpersonal communications and award-winning
teacher, Mary Anne Fitzpatrick was appointed as the interim Chancellor of USC Upstate
on August 1, 2016. Fitzpatrick is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Psychology
and served for 10 years as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the USC
Columbia campus. She also served as the USC Columbia vice provost for special academic
initiatives where she developed the successful On Your Time program. Before her appointment
at USC, Fitzpatrick held the WARF Kellett Professorship at the University of Wisconsin
– Madison, where she served in numerous leadership roles.
Al Panu — USC Beaufort
With a career in higher education that spans nearly 30 years, Chancellor Al Panu was
appointed to his current role at USC Beaufort in June 2015. It was the vision for
USC Beaufort that attracted him to the chancellor position including of a distinctive
academic, student-centered and community-engaged education. Passionate about bridging
higher education and community, Panu is eager to expand USC Beaufort's efforts to
provide first-rate, world-class higher education to the Lowcountry region of our state.
Campus Executive Deans
Ann C. Carmichael — USC Salkehatchie
Professor Ann C. Carmichael has served as the Dean of the University of South Carolina
Salkehatchie since February 2000. Carmichael earned her Ph.D. in counseling from
USC in 1986 and has over 30 years' experience in higher education. She is active in
the community and is the Chairman of the Savannah River Site Redevelopment Authority
Walt Collins — USC Lancaster
Professor Walt Collins began his career at USC Lancaster in August 2002 as an Instructor
of French and English. Rising quickly through the ranks to assistant professor and
assistant dean of student affairs, Collins began serving as Regional Campus Dean on
April 15, 2013. He was also promoted to the rank of professor in August of 2015.
John Catalano — USC Union
Professor John Catalano is the first Ph.D. graduate of the doctoral program in Philosophy
at USC and currently serving as the acting dean for the University of South Carolina-Union.
Before this appointment, Catalano served as the Dean of USC Lancaster for a number
of years until he returned to the faculty, where he is an award winning teacher of
Michael Sonntag — USC Sumter
Professor Michael Sonntag became Regional Campus Dean of USC Sumter in 2014. A first-generation
college student, he earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1997 from the University
of Arkansas. He has served on a variety of community development boards and committees,
and is a member of Rotary International.