The chancellor at University of South Carolina-Upstate says he will step down from his post at the Spartanburg campus.
Chancellor Thomas Moore made the announcement during the annual University Day address. His voice noticeably cracked as he said he and his wife had decided his resignation was best.
“As much as I look forward to the year ahead, it’s going to be tough,” Moore said, wrapping up his speech. “Working with you — the faculty, staff, administration, students, clubs and orgs, everything — but Martha and I have decided there are a lot of things that deserve our attention.”
He did not set a date for his departure, saying that will stay in office until USC system President Harris Pastides could conduct a search for his replacement.
“It’s not a waning of interest. It’s not a loss of energy. It’s not a loss of commitment,” Moore told students. “It’s certainly not a loss of optimism about this university in the upcoming year. (President Pastides) has told me that USC-Upstate cannot do what it needs to do, and we have a lot to do this year, with a lame-duck leader.”
Moore was named chancellor at the four-year branch campus in 2011 after serving eight years as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. His four years at the school were marked with record enrollment and new construction. But the college faculty soured on him the last two years, even giving him a vote of “no confidence” in March over what they called a lack of trust and lack of communication over budget cuts.
Faculty at the school began turning on Moore in May 2014 after more than $450,000 in cuts was announced and school leaders said they would close Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. That center had come under fire from conservative state legislators that year over its plans to host several LGBT-themed events. The event was canceled after complaints from legislators. At the time, Moore said the cuts were “unfortunate timing,” but just coincidence.
While the center remains open one year later, the campus child development center did not survive the cuts.