USCB Chancellor's Medallion
The Chancellor’s Medallion: Gift of the Beaufort College Trustees to the University
The chancellor’s medallion designates the wearer as the temporary embodiment of the institution’s authority and responsibility. The University of South Carolina Beaufort Chancellor’s Medallion is a gift to the University from the Trustees of the College of Beaufort. The design was created by the Office for University Advancement to represent the historic foundations of the University and its mission.
The two oval seals within the medallion represent the two educational institutions whose legacies are the foundation of the University’s identity: the University of South Carolina and Beaufort College. The date 1959 symbolizes the establishment of the partnership between Beaufort County and the University of South Carolina to bring a campus of the state’s public flagship university to the Lowcountry.
The oval seal on the right side of the medallion is the seal of the University of South Carolina. This seal was adopted by the Board of Trustees on April 26, 1803. The two figures on the seal represent Liberty (on the left) and Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom upon whose shield is the seal of the State of South Carolina. The seal also incorporates the University’s motto which translates, “Learning humanizes character and does not permit it to be cruel.” The date of the University’s founding is 1801.
The oval seal on the left side of the medallion is the seal of Beaufort College. This seal was adopted by the Trustees of the College of Beaufort for use on Carolina Day June 28, 2009. The motto was created by the Office for University Advancement “Virtue, Liberty, Science” was chosen by the founders of the college and inscribed on the foundation stone of the first building to house Beaufort College in 1804. The seal depicts Beaufort College’s 1852 building, which has served as Beaufort College, as a Freedman’s Bureau school for former slaves, and as a Beaufort public school. It now houses administrative functions for the University of South Carolina Beaufort. The date of Beaufort College’s founding is 1795. Beaufort College is one of the oldest incorporated entities in the state.
The yellow jasmine, the state flower of South Carolina, joins the two seals, symbolizing the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s mission –to work in partnership with our region to make higher education accessible to its citizens—as a senior campus of the University of South Carolina.