Dowell To Retire As Senior Vice Chancellor At USC Upstate

Dr. Marsha Dowell plans to retire from her position as senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of South Carolina Upstate at the end of June 2012. She has held this position since December 8, 2008.

As the University’s chief academic officer, Dowell has demonstrated great capacity to lead and manage in the areas of greatest importance to the USC Upstate mission: academic excellence, enrollment growth planning, strategic academic planning, student success initiatives, curriculum development, personnel evaluation, organizational realignment, budget management, revenue enhancement, and partnerships with other colleges and schools and the public sector.

“Dr. Dowell has provided outstanding leadership over the last several years in regards to significant growth and change at USC Upstate,” said Dr. Tom Moore, chancellor of USC Upstate.
“I knew her as a colleague among chief academic officers in South Carolina, and she is a most respected member of that group. While I would love to have a longer working relationship with her at Upstate, I respect her decision to retire; and I know she looks forward to having fewer commitments among which to divide her time.”

According to Moore, a national search to fill Dowell’s position will begin immediately. He hopes to name her replacement in early 2012 and have Dowell’s successor begin in July 2012.

“USC Upstate is a vibrant and innovative university and I have been privileged to serve the students, faculty, staff and the greater community. I look forward to learning about the continued growth and accomplishments at Upstate,” said Dowell, who is looking forward to retirement where she can spend more time with her family.

Prior to being named senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, Dowell served as the dean of the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate from July 2005 to December 2008. She earned a Ph.D. in Nursing Administration with a concentration in health policy from George Mason University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Mount Mercy College. Dowell is a current member of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Board of Trustees and the United Way of the Piedmont Board of Directors. She has also served on the boards of the March of Dimes and the Children’s Advocacy Center.

The University of South Carolina Upstate is a coeducational, public, comprehensive metropolitan institution that is located in Spartanburg along the thriving economic I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte. Among the fastest growing universities in South Carolina, USC Upstate offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing and teacher education, and master’s degrees in education. USC Upstate is home to 5,500 students from 38 states and 71 nations. It offers challenging, first-rate academic courses, small class sizes, personal experiences, remarkable diversity, an expansive international community, and a dynamic campus life.

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