The University of South Carolina-Upstate’s new interim chancellor says she has a strong agenda planned when she takes over the Spartanburg school later this summer.
Mary Anne Fitzpatrick was named interim chancellor last week. She is vice president of system planning for USC’s eight campuses statewide.
Fitzpatrick will replace Tom Moore, who announced his retirement last year five months after faculty expressed “no confidence” in his leadership. Moore’s four years at the school were marked with record enrollment and new construction, but the faculty soured on him the last two years, even giving him a vote of “no confidence” in March 2015 over what they called a lack of trust and lack of communication over budget cuts.
As the former Dean of USC’s College of Arts and Sciences, Fitzpatrick told South Carolina Radio Network she is looking forward to her new role and hopes to help the university continue to make progress.
“My very strong agenda is to keep the forward momentum of the institution going as we broaden our national search to find a new leader,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m very excited about many of the positive developments on the campus in the past five years and we have to make sure even with the retirement of our existing chancellor that we really don’t lose track actually.”
Fitzpatrick will be officially appointed Aug. 1, wants to lay down a solid foundation for the university’s future chancellor and estimates she will fill the position for at least one full semester.
“Given the pattern of how things work, I’m sure I’ll be there for the first semester actually,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’re going to start a lot of planning processes, new kinds of visioning and planning processes, so that we can turn over to the new chancellor a great start for his or her strategic plan hopefully when they come Jan. 1.”