Office of the Chancellor

Dr. Bennie L. Harris

Bennie L. Harris, Ph.D., serves as USC Upstate’s fifth chancellor, where he fulfills his purpose to inspire and develop young people to change the world. He believes higher education offers opportunities for people to experience possibilities and achieve their greatest aspirations. Before his appointment at USC Upstate, Dr. Harris served as senior vice president for Institutional Advancement at the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, Georgia, beginning in 2014.

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A Monthly Q&A with Chancellor Harris for Greenville Business Magazine

Below the Line features Chancellor Harris speaking with leaders from various sectors about change, technology, education, and leadership. Read the discussions in Greenville Business Magazine and listen to the Below the Line podcast.

Chancellor’s Ambassadors

Being a Chancellor’s Ambassador is a deeply rewarding opportunity both on a personal level and also in terms of your career prospects after leaving USC Upstate.

Chancellor Communications

USC Upstate Chancellor Bennie Harris communicates with faculty, staff and students about topics that impact the campus community.

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The Upstate Uplift

A newsletter for USC Upstate’s campus community that features stories that highlight the ways the university is elevating the lives of our students and contributing to the growth of the region and state. 

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Chancellor’s Report 2024

Learn what USC Upstate has achieved and where we plan to go in the future as we help prepare students for real-world opportunities and challenges.

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As the largest public regional comprehensive university in the Upstate region of South Carolina, USC Upstate is a major engine of social, economic, and talent development, with an annual impact of more than half a billion dollars on the state’s economy. Learn how our chancellor helps us meet the educational needs and enhance the quality of life for all those who call the Upstate home.

Meet the First Lady

Frankie A. Harris knows the importance of education and empowering people to utilize education as a tool to maximize their potential. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, she is an accomplished educator with more than 26 years in higher education, public school classroom teaching, and service in administrative roles.

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