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College of Arts and Sciences

Organization and Responsibility

The College of Arts and Sciences leadership is divided among deans who oversee specific academic and administrative areas within the college. External relations, human resources and budget offices assist in the management and administration of the college.

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Lacy Ford, Ph.D., dean

Dean Ford provides academic and administrative leadership to the largest college of the University of South Carolina. He provides oversight for budget, curriculum development, and policies and procedures.

Roger Sawyer, Ph.D., executive associate dean

Dr. Sawyer serves as the college’s liaison for the Office of Equal Opportunities Programs and the Office of Student Disabilities. He coordinates with the Division of Law Enforcement and Safety, Human Resources, General Counsel and the Office of the Provost. As is necessary, Dr. Sawyer represents the dean.

Bob Thunell, Ph.D., senior associate dean for natural sciences

Dr. Thunell is the liaison between the departments of biological sciences; chemistry and biochemistry; School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment; geography; mathematics; physics and astronomy; psychology; and statistics; in addition to the associated interdisciplinary programs, centers, and institutes. He oversees and reviews all third year, tenure and promotion, and post tenure review files, as well as sabbatical requests and nominations for named professorships and faculty awards for natural sciences.

Hanno zur Loye, Ph.D., associate dean for research and graduate studies

Dr. zur Loye oversees all graduate directors within the college, college grants administration and annual SmartState reports. Dr. zur Loye serves as the liaison for the USC Office of Research, the College Institutional Review Board, and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in regards to budget-related matters.

Douglas Meade, Ph.D., associate dean for instruction, curriculum, and assessment

Dr. Meade coordinates curriculum and assessment for all degree programs and serves as a member of the Carolina Core Committee. Dr. Meade represents the college as the academic program liaison, as well as the liaison for budget-related matters with the Walker Institute, the Institute for Public Service and Policy Research, the Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute, and the Department for Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the Department of Mathematics. He is responsible for the administration of the university and collegiate academic policies for undergraduate advising, progression, graduation, suspension, study abroad, and academic integrity.

Cynthia Davis, Ph.D., associate dean for arts, humanities, and social sciences

Dr. Davis’s responsibilities include liaising between the dean’s office and the departments of anthropology; criminology and criminal justice; English, history; languages, literatures and culture; philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology; theatre and dance; and the School of Visual Art and Design; as well as the resulting interdisciplinary programs, centers, and institutes. Dr. Davis reviews all third year, tenure and promotion, post tenure review files, as well as sabbatical requests and nominations for named professor ships and faculty awards for arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Alan White, Ph.D., associate dean, undergraduate STEM education

Dr. White is actively involved in projects for the improvement of science education practices, advancement of learning science of animations, and improving the use of animations in various classroom and learning formats.

Tracey Weldon-Stewart Ph.D., associate dean for diversity and inclusion

Dr. Weldon provides input into decision making, strategic planning and hiring initiatives to enhance diversity, inclusion, and equity. She supports a culturally competent educational environment through curricular representation and culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS).  Dr. Weldon also works with the USC Chief Diversity Officer and other members of the diversity network to promote an institutional culture that fosters humanistic values of mutual respect, civil behavior, and ethics consistent with USC’s initiatives in conscious leadership and professionalism.  

Ginger Nickles Osborne, Ph.D., assistant dean for academic planning and enrollment

Dr. Nickles Osborne allocates and manages all resources pertaining to graduate assistants, non-tenure track instructional staffing, adjunct staffing and summer instructional staffing. She also works closely with the associate dean of instruction, curriculum and assessment, Dr. Meade, to review departmental curricular plans and faculty workload.

Loren Knapp, Ph.D., assistant dean, undergraduate student affairs and advising

Dr. Knapp is responsible for representing the college in all matters related to undergraduate services, including working with the Office of Student Information Services and Scheduling and serving on a wide-range of committees.

Academic Affairs and Advising Staff

Dawn Hiller, student services manager, director of students - humanities, social sciences, and fine arts 
Jennifer Shiver, student services manager, director of students - science, math, statistics
Lauren Chapman, student services coordinator
Doug Roberts, student services coordinator
Jodie Salter, student services coordinator
Cammie Steele, student services coordinator
Theresa Ashley, administrative assisstant

Derlene Lowder, chief of staff and assistant dean for administration, faculty data and research.

Ms. Lowder is responsible for budget oversight, analysis and reporting of data collection, as well as development and implementation of strategies to support the college.

Office Staff

Appointments with Dean and Associate Deans

Sarah Livingston, office manager and assistant to the dean

Assistant to the Dean (appointments, travel, correspondence)
Member of CAS Communications Team
Coordination of Chair and Director Annual Evaluations and Reappointment Evaluations
CAS Point Person for Accreditation Activity
Collaboration with external relations

Sarah Gottshall, administrative assistant

Appointments with Executive Associate Dean Sawyer, Senior Associate Dean Thunell (Natural Sciences), Associate Dean Davis (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences), Associate Dean White (STEM), and Associate Dean zur Loye (Research/Graduate Studies)

Budget and Human Resources

Kathy Fitzhugh, director of budget and salary administration 

Academic unit budget oversight
Internal grants administration
SmartState financials
Analysis, reporting and data collection

Patty Brabham, senior budget analyst

Account memorandums – processing
College-wide lab fee submissions to Bursar
Maintain the college commitment database and reimbursements to departments
Analysis and preparation of college-wide budget transfers
Semi-annual "A Fund" reviews
Carry-forward preparation in conjunction with budget director
Reconciliation of summer school between departments and college
Quarterly financial reviews of E-fund accounts
Quarterly financial reviews of restricted funds
Maintenance of dean-level accounts (to include new faculty startup costs)
Deposit receipting
Journal entries – college wide approver

Wendy Roberts, budget analyst

Dean’s office business functions
Dean’s office budget development
Monitor Dean’s office accounts
Deposit transmittals
Dean’s Office Educational Foundation accounts
Time and effort reporting
Account memorandums – preparation
P-Card Liaison

LaTasha Robinson, director of human resources

Manages all HR operations of the college to include but not limited to the hiring and reappointing of faculty, staff, students, and temporary employees, promotions for non-tenure track faculty, tenure and promotion, post-tenure review, third-year review, retention actions, sabbatical leaves, dual employment, ECOM processes, resignations, retirements, and oversight for awards, professorships, and endowed chair appointments. Process, at the college level, all leaves of absences, including FMLA, LWOP, personal leave, military leave, jury duty, bereavement leave, etc. for all faculty, unclassified staff, and classified staff. Act as a liaison between employer and employee, overseeing employee relations for staff and faculty. Assists in the preparation and monitoring of the college's personnel budget; advises on matters related to the human capital management processes of the college and university.


Betty Helms, human resources associate

Summer ECOM
Research Grant Positions for Staff and Faculty Positions
Time Limited Positions for Staff and Faculty Positions
Temporary Positions for Staff and Faculty
Student Hires
PBP 4/5 Actions for RGP, TL, and Temporary Positions
PBP7s for RGP, TL, and Temporary Positions

Cheri Shinn, human resources associate

Administrative Appointments/Reappointments
Affiliate Hires (Staff, Faculty, and Visiting Scholars)
Appointment/Reappointments of FTE Non-TT Faculty and Unclassified Staff
Tenure Track Faculty Hires and HR Actions
FTE Unclassified Staff Hires and HR Actions
Dual Employment (Faculty and Unclassified Staff)
Tenure and Promotion Assistance
Post-Tenure Review Assistance
Third Year Review Assistance
Emeritus Requests
Sabbatical Leaves Paperwork Submission
PBP 4/5 Actions for FTE Faculty and Unclassified Staff
PBP7s for FTE Faculty and Unclassified Staff  

Reporting to Dean

Ann Cameron, director of external relations
  - Alumni relations
  - Board management
  - Communications and marketing

Laura Najim, assistant director of stewardship and special events
Special events
  - Stewardship
Angela Mattone, administrative coordinator, office of external relations
  - Dean’s office events
  - Web communications
Helen Dennis, dean's office administrative assistant
  - Website calendar and announcements
  - Web communications
  - Calendar & space reservation system

John Moring, director, planning coordinator for space and facilities

Charles Barnett, service crew
Gary Bennett, service crew chief
Brian Brabski, service crew
William Hampton, service crew

David Mullaney, director, information technology services

Jerry Branch, PSC computing lab manager
Clint Cook, program assistant

Jason Dean, evening operations manager
Richard England, network and systems manager
Randolph Franklin, computer support technician
Lee Hallman, instructional workstation specialist
Terry Johnson, user support manager
Richard Kemp, Macintosh support specialist
Johanna Lewis, applications support specialist
Felicia Smalls, operations manager
Zach White, college web developer

Vinnie Suarez, senior director of development

Dena Byerly, administrative assistant
Joseph Neary, director of development
Rebecca Kilgore, Assistant Director of Development

Art Illingworth, director of auxiliary services / mechanical prototype facility manager

Allen Frye, assistant director of mechanical prototype facility

Jun Zhou, director of research computing

Glen Dufour, applications analyst
Michael Milligan, applications analyst