SC Legislature Honors USCB Chancellor Jane Upshaw


Chancellor Jane UpshawCOLUMBIA, S.C. (March 19, 2015) – The South Carolina House of Representatives and the South Carolina Senate honored the contributions of University of South Carolina Beaufort Chancellor Jane T. Upshaw with resolutions during their respective session on March 18, 2015.

House Resolution 3499, led by Representative Bill Bowers and supported by Representatives Jeff Bradley, Shannon Erickson, Bill Herbkersman, Kenneth Hodges, and Weston Newton, expressed “their gratitude to Dr. Jane T. Upshaw for her significant contributions to the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB).”  Specifically cited was her outstanding leadership to the University as the first female chancellor in the USC system:  “Under her guidance the university received the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Initial Baccalaureate Level II Accreditation in 2004, national accreditation of the USCB nursing degree from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2009, and national accreditation of the education degree from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 2010.   

Senate Resolution 487, sponsored by Senator Tom Davis and supported by Senators Chip Campsen and Clementa Pinckney noted “under her leadership, the USCB main campus in Bluffton was conceived and built, including Hargray, Science and Technology, and library buildings, the Campus Center, Recreation Center, and seven student housing buildings. In addition, under her tenure, the Beaufort College Building was restored, the Beaufort campus was expanded, the funding and design of the Hospitality Management and Osher Lifelong Learning Building on Hilton Head Island were developed, the academic programs expanded from five to over twenty‑five areas of study, and the USCB Sand Shark Intercollegiate athletics program was founded and began competing in the NAIA.

Dr. Upshaw, who has served USCB as dean and then chancellor for 15 years and as a faculty member for an additional 15 years responded, “USCB’s accomplishments are exceptional.  The strong faculty and leadership teams at USCB and the exceptional collaboration with local and state officials has made this success possible.”

Dr. Upshaw’s retirement date is August 15, 2015. 

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 ABOUT USCB Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a baccalaureate member of the USC system, serving the southeast coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Since 2002, USCB has tripled its academic degree programs, doubled its FTE enrollment, opened its first on-campus housing (now serving more than 600), joined the NAIA Sun Conference, and fielded conference and national award-winning Sand Shark athletes in nine sports. The university’s two campuses serve a diverse student body of 1,800 students. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, SC, offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. It is home to Sand Shark athletics. The Historic Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort’s downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate Studio Art program in close proximity to Beaufort’s many art galleries. Students enjoy opportunities on Hilton Head Island, including the USCB Center for Event Management and a Coastal Ecology research partnership with Vagabond Cruise. USCB serves 1,500 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members, who participate in more than 1 million course hours annually, placing OLLI at USCB in the top 10 in the country. The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.

For more information on the accomplishments of Chancellor Upshaw and the University of South Carolina Beaufort over the past 15 years, please contact Lynn McGee at lmcgee@uscb.edu or 843.208.8240.