The University of South Carolina (USC), a globally recognized public research university and flagship institution of the University System of South Carolina, invites applications for Dean of the Arnold School of Public Health. The anticipated start date is July 2024.


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The primary mission of the University of South Carolina Columbia is the education of the state’s citizens through teaching, research, creative activity, and community engagement. Among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities, the University of South Carolina Columbia is the major research institution of the university system and its largest campus. At the heart of its mission lies the university’s responsibility to the state and society to promote the dissemination of knowledge, cultural enrichment, and an enhanced quality of life.

The University of South Carolina Columbia serves a diverse population of students with widely varying backgrounds, career goals, and levels of aspiration. The University offers more than 320 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional program levels, affording students the most comprehensive array of educational programs in the state. Opportunities for personal and career development are provided to the citizens of South Carolina through outreach and continuing education activities. The University provides additional opportunities for associate degrees through Fort Jackson and through the oversight of regional Palmetto College campuses (Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union).



Established in 1975 as the 19th CEPH-accredited school of public health in the nation, the Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH) at the University of South Carolina continues to experience record enrollments with major sustained growth in student enrollments (~3400 in 2024), state funding for service and outreach projects, and nationally-competitive research funding ($50.3M in 2023).


ASPH Vision: Improved population health…statewide and worldwide.


ASPH Mission: The Arnold School of Public Health will improve population health and well-being by fostering innovative education, research, and practice that promotes health and healthy environments. The Arnold School will use that knowledge and experience to promote prevention and effective response to disease, disability, and environmental degradation in diverse communities.



Applications are invited for the position of Dean of the Arnold School of Public Health. This position reports to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The position is expected to begin on July 1, 2024. Applicants are expected to be tenured, full-time faculty members at the rank of professor and have previous administrative experience.

The Dean will provide strategic vision and operational leadership to all aspects of the academic and scholarly programs, setting priorities for the Arnold School of Public Health and guiding it toward strategic goals of enhancing scholarship, promoting research and community engaged scholarship, and providing excellence in undergraduate and graduate education with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.

The Dean is the college’s chief advocate and steward, promoting its goals and achievements, leading its development and fundraising activities, and speaking for its mission of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service.



The next Dean of the Arnold School of Public Health will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Commitment to excellence, demonstrable commitment to and experience in research, teaching, and public health or health-related practice
  • Demonstrable, authentic commitment to student, staff, and faculty diversity and maintaining a climate of inclusion and well-being in the college
  • Extensive experience working in or leading an institution in which diversity is an integral part of its mission and composition
  • Ability to assemble, inspire, and manage highly effective teams
  • Capacity to understand and support campus and University of South Carolina policies and procedures. Sophisticated financial acumen and a record of successful budget, personnel, and project management experience
  • Successful leadership experience as an academic administrator
  • Demonstrated experience with strategic enrollment management. A record of recruiting and supporting the success of diverse faculty, staff and students, ideally in a school of public health, health professions college, or other health-related academic program
  • A record of collaboration and relationship management
  • Ability to build consensus and community among constituents and a commitment to shared governance. Successful experience establishing and stewarding collaborative relationships across diverse academic disciplines and administrative units as well as other internal, external and non-academic partners, including community organizations, funding agencies and other organizations
  • Entrepreneurial orientation and ability to generate resources via diverse mechanisms, including through private philanthropy, federal and state agencies, and corporate or foundation partners
  • Strong communication, listening, and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to listen to and learn from others. Capacity to connect with diverse internal and external constituencies and audiences to promote the mission of the Arnold School of Public Health, the University of South Carolina, the state of South Carolina and beyond

     University employees are part of one of the state’s most energizing and thriving workplaces. The University invests in offering competitive benefits, personal and professional development, and in creating an academic setting that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.



As the University’s chief academic officer, Dr. Arnett oversees all academic units (colleges, schools, and campuses) as well as the major academic support units. Provost Arnett works closely with fellow administrators, deans of colleges and academic and advising units, as well as many others across the University to set and advance major academic priorities.



Perfectly located in the heart of South Carolina, Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina. The state’s capital city, Columbia is the second largest city in the state, with more than 829,000 residents in the metropolitan area. Energy and innovation collide here in ways that make Columbia a top-rated place to learn, work, live, and play.



Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are invited.


1) All application packets must include the following:

  • A letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications of the position
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • At least four references with full contact information including e-mail (References will not be contacted without consent from applicant.)

2) Submit application packet as PDFs to USC-DeanASPH@myersmcrae.com.  For best consideration, submit application packet by March 15, 2024. Additional information will be requested upon receipt of application. This position is open until filled.



Submit nominations to USC-DeanASPH-nominate@myersmcrae.com with complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being nominated.



Jennifer Barfield, Executive Vice President of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, is conducting this search with Amira Bevill, Vice President, assisting. Request a conversation regarding this search at jenniferbarfield@myersmcrae.com.


The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.