USC will name president today

Harris Pastides will be selected as the University of South Carolina's next president when university trustees vote today, sources close to the search confirmed Thursday.

Pastides, a research-funding expert who has been at USC since 1998 and turned down opportunities to leave, would succeed Andrew Sorensen. Sorensen said last year that he would step down by the end of this month.

“It will be a great day for South Carolina if he is named president,” said Dr. Ray Greenberg, president of the Medical University of South Carolina.

Board chairman Herb Adams' previous description of what the university needs in a president reads like Pastides' resume: strength in raising research dollars and familiarity with the plans that began under Sorensen.

Pastides, 54, has served as vice president for research and health sciences and as executive director of USC's research foundation since 2003.

USC's research funding has increased each year under Pastides, rising to $185 million last year from $131 million.

Efforts to reach Pastides on Thursday were unsuccessful.