- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - The chancellor at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg is stepping down.

Tom Moore announced his decision in an address to faculty and staff the day before classes started, The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg (https://bit.ly/1TXF4rO) reported.

School spokeswoman Tammy Whaley says the timing of Moore’s departure has not been set. USC President Harris Pastides will decide when to begin the search for a replacement, Whaley said.

“I look forward to the year ahead of working with faculty, staff, students and community,” Moore said in a statement released after his address. “We have much work to accomplish and I plan to focus on building a campus environment that promotes civility, shared governance, and cooperation among faculty, staff and administration.”

The school faculty in March approved a vote of no confidence in Moore. Many faculty members were upset by his decision to close the school’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and the Burroughs Child Development Center.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Center is still open. The child development center closed.

Another concern raised by the faculty was the school’s Greenville campus, with some saying that not enough was being done to expand there.

The school’s future relies on effective communication between the administration and faculty, Moore said.

“I haven’t done the best job of that,” he said.

Paul Grady, history professor and faculty senate chairman, said no one considered Moore a bad person.

Grady said the no confidence vote was simply a statement about issues they want to see addressed, with some input from Columbia.


Information from: Herald-Journal, https://www.goupstate.com/

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