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South Carolina lawmakers honor retiring UofSC president

May 2, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina General Assembly honors University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides (Pas-TEE-Dees) who is retiring after more than 10 years of service leading the university.

Legislators recognized Pastides Thursday on the floor of both the House and Senate.

Pastides announced his decision to step aside during his State of the University speech last year. He became the university’s 28th president in 2008 after serving as dean of the Arnold School of Public Health. Under his presidency, more than 117,000 degrees have been awarded system-wide.

Gov. Henry McMaster awarded Pastides the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor last month.

Last month, university Trustees reopened their search for a new president and named USC Upstate Chancellor Brendan Kelly the school’s interim president.

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