USC President to Lead Leadership Discussion at South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Math

The Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina (USC), will address the student body as part of the School’s SmartChat Speakers Series. His presentation on leadership will take place Tuesday, February 21, 4 p.m., on the GSSM campus in Hartsville.

Pastides serves as the 28th president of USC, being elected to this position by the University’s Board of Trustees in August 2008. His election marked the first internal candidate for the presidency of the University in over a half century. Pastides previously served as vice president for research and health sciences and dean of the Arnold School of Public Health. He and his wife, Patricia, came to the University in 1998.

Before joining the USC faculty, Pastides was a professor of epidemiology and chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his master’s degree in public health and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University.

Pastides sees USC as a place for producing leaders who can have an extraordinary impact on local and global levels. His guiding philosophy for students, faculty and staff is “participate, innovate and lead.”

“Everybody has the capacity to be a leader, but only some chart their course,” says Pastides. “Leadership requires skill and commitment.”

This philosophy will steer his SmartChat presentation as he discusses the importance of leadership with GSSM students.

Funded by the GSSM Foundation, the SmartChat Speakers series is designed to enhance students’ education while inspiring them through the stories and experiences of some of the Palmetto States’ most promising leaders in technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, research and medicine.

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