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System Officials

In addition to our president and board of trustees, our system leadership includes officers overseeing operations, budget and finance, human resources, technology, planning, development, communications and compliance.

Ed Walton

Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer

Ed Walton is responsible for coordinating the planning and activities across non-academic areas of the university. The Division of Administration and Finance oversees the areas of business affairs, communications and marketing, economic engagement, facilities and transportation, finance, government and community relations and law enforcement and safety.

Leslie Brunelli

Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Leslie Brunelli coordinates the day-to-day and long-term planning of the financial operations of the university. She oversees the compilation of financial and budget reporting and is responsible for implementing financial policies established by trustees. Areas under this office include the controller, budget, bursar and capital finance. 

Chris Byrd

Vice President for Human Resources

Chris Byrd helps plan, implement and promote programs through the Division of Human Resources that improve our ability to attract, develop, reward and retain the exceptional faculty and staff members of the Gamecock family.

William Hogue

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

William Hogue provides leadership for information technology, instructional services, e-learning and cyber infrastructure research. Under his direction, the Division of Information Technology also provides operational support for these services through University Technology Services. 

Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

Vice President for System Planning

Mary Anne Fitzpatrick is responsible for reinforcing connections among all campuses, including Aiken, Beaufort, Columbia, Upstate and the four regional Palmetto College campuses. She leads the effort to unify our campuses allowing the system to meet South Carolina’s need for a highly educated work force and supports the broad range of professional goals of our students.  

Jancy Houck

Vice President for University Development 

Jancy Houck leads the university’s fundraising program to secure private gifts in support of students, faculty, research, programs and facilities. In 2015 the university successfully completed Carolina’s Promise, an eight-year, $1 billion fundraising campaign that garnered support from 136,850 alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff, corporations, foundations and organizations.  

Wes Hickman

Director of Communications and Public Affairs and Chief Communications Officer

Wes Hickman is the university’s spokesman and leads the team that tells the stories of our students, faculty and staff. Those stories are shared with the general public through the news media, our own printed publications and our digital communications.  

Walter "Terry" Parham

General Counsel and Executive Director of Compliance Programs

Walter "Terry" Parham is responsible for all institutional legal advice, including drafting contracts, interpreting federal and state laws and regulations and reviewing all university policy development. His office represents the university in litigation and serves as a clearinghouse for responses to requests for information made under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.