education Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday she wants an investigation into Mick Mulvaney's reported discussions with the University of South Carolina about becoming the school's next president, which Warren said may have violated federal law. The New York Times reported this month that the acting White House chief of staff as recently as late last year explored the possibility of taking the top spot at the university in his home state. Story Continued Below Warren wrote to ethics officials in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Office of Management and Budget — two agencies Mulvaney led last year — urging a probe into whether Mulvaney's discussions with the university violated the so-called Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act. The law says federal officials "may not directly negotiate or have any agreement of future employment" with outside entities unless they disclose the negotiations with their agency's ethics … [Read more...] about Warren demands probe into Mulvaney’s job talks with University of South Carolina
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The focal point of the University of South Carolina's new logo is not a palmetto tree, a stylized silhouette of the campus's historic Horseshoe, or even a ferocious fighting gamecock.It's the word "of."The new logo may help resolve a longstanding identity crisis at South Carolina's flagship university, which often is confused with the University of Southern California in Google searches and in conversations across state lines.Alumni have for years claimed that they are the rightful owners of the acronym "USC," pointing out (sometimes after a drink or two; sometimes quite loudly) that they were a college before California was a state.When pressed on the details, a knowledgeable alumnus might concede that South Carolina College did not re-brand as the University of South Carolina until 1866, 16 years after California was admitted to the Union. But it still predated the founding of the University of Southern California by 14 years. We now have a whole family of logos! Here they are … [Read more...] about The University of South Carolina has a new logo. Reviews are mixed.
COLUMBIA — University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides — the Yale-educated New Yorker who transformed the state’s flagship college with more than $1 billion in construction, 8,000 additional students and winning athletics programs — announced Wednesday he will retire at the end of the school year.The USC board will conduct a national search for a new leader for the more than 50,000 students on eight campuses that stretch from Beaufort to Sumter to Spartanburg.USC's president is considered one of the state's most influential jobs, overseeing a billion-dollar budget at a school that gets national attention for what it does in research labs, on football fields and, sometimes, along the streets of Columbia. Pastides, who was rewarded for his successful decade at USC with pay raises that lifted his annual salary above $1 million, leaves at a critical juncture. During the course of a decade Pastides grew USC out of necessity as South Carolina … [Read more...] about Pastides retiring as president of the University of South Carolina
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COLUMBIA — The University of South Carolina has gone through a billion-dollar building boom, expanded enrollment by the size of The Citadel and Francis Marion University combined, and won national titles in baseball and women's basketball in a decade under President Harris Pastides.The Yale-educated New Yorker won't say when he's retiring, but he is getting close to the end of his time leading the Palmetto State's flagship college with 52,000 students at eight campuses. College presidents last 6½ years on average these days.Pastides, 64, says he has the energy for days that start with meetings before breakfast and end with evening receptions.Pastides spoke from his office on USC's historic Horseshoe last week about what he wants to accomplish before leaving, how the school is handling more students and higher tuition, and what he would change about students if he could.Ten years ago, did you ever think you would last this long?"I thought that with the pending recession … [Read more...] about What University of South Carolina’s president would change and wants to finish after 10 years