Distinguished President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina

Harris Pastides

Harris Pastides served as 28th president of the University of South Carolina (USC).  During his eleven-year tenure of this flagship system comprised of eight institutions and over 50,000 students, the Honors College, undergraduate and graduate international business, public health, engineering, and nursing programs were top ranked. Research funding increased and a $1 billion capital campaign goal was surpassed.

Pastides is a recipient of one of seven inaugural Fulbright Global Changemaker Awards and the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Current chair of the US Fulbright Advisory Council, Pastides serves on the board of the Institute for International Education.  He is the only non-physician member of the American Medical Association Board and is on the national Uber Safety Board.  While USC president, Pastides chaired the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and the Southeastern Conference.

In 1998, Pastides arrived at USC as Arnold School of Public Health dean, and later served as USC’s vice president for Research and Health Sciences.  Prior to his arrival at USC, he was professor and chairman of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he served as an advisor to the WHO Global Program in Environmental Health.

Pastides’ undergraduate degree is from SUNY Albany and he holds two masters’ degrees and a PhD from Yale University.