USC President Harris Pastides Elected Board Chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

Charleston, S.C.— University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides has been re-elected chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s Board of Directors. Pastides began his second one-year term on January 1, 2018.

“My work with Executive Director Rick DeVoe and the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Board of Directors provides an important opportunity to support sustainable marine resource conservation and scientific research that is beneficial to all South Carolinians,” Pastides said.

Pastides, who has been the USC president since 2008, earned his master’s in public health and Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University. Before becoming USC president, he served as dean of the university’s Arnold School of Public Health and as vice president for Research and Health Sciences. Pastides serves on many local, state, national and international boards, including the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and the Fulbright Faculty Programs.

“I very much look forward to working with Dr. Pastides again this year,” DeVoe said. “His leadership and many years of experience working on education and research issues in the state are invaluable to the Consortium’s work in meeting the needs of our diverse stakeholders.”

The Consortium’s Board of Directors is composed of the chief executive officers of its member institutions. Currently serving on the board in addition to Dr. Pastides are: Dr. James B. Clements, president of Clemson University; Dr. David A. DeCenzo, president of Coastal Carolina University; Glenn F. McConnell, president of College of Charleston; Dr. David J. Cole, president of Medical University of South Carolina; Col. Alvin A. Taylor, director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources; James E. Clark, president of S.C. State University; and Lt. General John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium generates and provides science-based information to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal and marine resources to foster a sustainable economy and environment for the state of South Carolina and its citizens. The Consortium is a member of the nationwide network of 33 Sea Grant Programs that are sanctioned through the NOAA National Sea Grant Program, U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information about the Consortium, visit

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