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Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

Dean, Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology Associate Vice President and Vice Provost for Special Academic Initiatives

Mary Anne Fitzpatrick is an Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology, the Associate Vice President and Vice Provost for Special Academic Initiatives, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina.  The College is the oldest, the largest and most diverse in academic fields of study in the university.  Since 2005, she has increased the size of the faculty by fifty through the development of a strategic vision and the organization of the resources needed to invest in this plan.  With a faculty base of 505, she has hired 300 new tenure and tenure track faculty, changing the face of the college and the University. The college has opened new centers, institutes and programs (e.g. Institute for African-American Research, Center for Digital Humanities, Jewish Studies Program), created a new School of the Earth, Ocean and the Environment to capitalize on the interdisciplinary strength in research housed in college departments, programs and centers, stabilized external research grant funding at about $42 million a year and taken the college through one of the worst economic downturns in the history of South Carolina.  In support of academic programs, students and faculty, she has led the capital campaign for the college.  Since the campaign’s 2007 beginning, she has raised over $87 million in private philanthropic support.

Previous to her appointment at the University of South Carolina, Mary Anne served as Deputy Dean for the College of Letters and Science (2002-2004), Vice Provost and Special Assistant to the Chancellor (1999-2001) on Distributed Learning, and Senior Associate Dean in L&S (1997-2001) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she also held the WARF Kellett Professorship.  Fitzpatrick was named (2012) a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS).  A past President of the International Communication Association (ICA), Fitzpatrick received its 2001 Career Achievement Award for sustained excellence in communication research. In 1993, she was elected a Fellow of the same association, one of only 25 in the world at the time.  Fitzpatrick also served as the President of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the largest Arts and Sciences Deans Association in America (2012-2013).  An internationally recognized authority on interpersonal communication, Fitzpatrick is the author of over 100 articles, chapters and books. The NIH, NIMH, and the Spencer Foundation have supported her research.  An award winning teacher, she is often invited to give lectures and presentations in this country and abroad, and to consult with government and educational institutions.