Brendan Kelly, vice president for university advancement at University of West Florida, was named Tuesday as chancellor for the University of South Carolina Upstate. His appointment becomes effective on March 1.
“Dr. Kelly is an accomplished scholar and academic leader and I am confident that he is the right person to lead us into the next era at USC Upstate,” said University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides.
“I am excited about the opportunity to lead the University of South Carolina Upstate as its next chancellor,” said Kelly who was on the Spartanburg campus for the announcement. “The university is poised to enhance its contribution to the higher education landscape of the USC system and the state of South Carolina. I am grateful to be part of the next chapter of growth and development at USC Upstate.”
Kelly will become the sixth chancellor in the university’s nearly 50-year history, which has a student enrollment of 6,000 and nearly 26,000 alumni.
Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the vice president of system planning for USC, has served as interim chancellor since July.