Dr. Harris Pastides

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Harris Pastides was named the University of South Carolina's 28th president on Aug. 1, 2008, following a decade of service as a professor, dean, and vice president.

Dr. Harris Pastides was the first internal candidate to be elected president of the University of South Carolina in more than half a century.

Under Pastides' leadership as vice president for research and health sciences, research funding and sponsored programs at South Carolina have increased 89 percent since 2002, reaching a record $206 million for fiscal year 2008. Pastides continues to take a leading role in the development of Innovista, the research innovation district he helped design and launch during his tenure.

With Focus Carolina, one of his first major initiatives as University president, Pastides has launched the most comprehensive strategic planning initiative in the University's history. The effort is expected to result in transformational goals that will steer a course for the University's long-term future.
Among the major goals Pastides has identified are:

  • sustainability
  • innovation
  • the University's role in the development of a knowledge economy
  • more access to education for South Carolinians
  • stronger cohesion among the University's eight campuses

To accomplish these goals, he has solicited ideas from the University community and all South Carolina citizens through Carolina's Ideas, a Web-based suggestion box that is yielding a bounty of good counsel.
Before joining the South Carolina faculty, Pastides was a professor of epidemiology and chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his master's of public health and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University.

Harris Pastides and Patricia Moore were married April 27, 1980. They have two children: Katharine, an education specialist at the Getty Villa in Malibu, Calif.; and Andrew, an equity stage actor in New York City.