Carolina Corner: New Appointments to Lead Academic and Research Efforts

Donna K. ArnetteDean of the University of Kentucky School of Public Health, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of University of South Carolina.

The dean is the university’s chief academic officer and is charged with overseeing all of the schools and colleges on the Columbia Research Campus, which collectively offer more than 300 degree programs.

The university also chose Julius FredericksonHe is a researcher in stroke and aphasia Arnold School of Public Health at UofSCas Vice President of Research.

“Through these employees, we have demonstrated that they are leaders who will take the university to new heights in achieving excellence in student education and groundbreaking research,” said Interim President Harris Bastides.

As Dean of Public Health at Kentucky since 2016, Arnett has overseen the college’s academic offerings, worked to expand external funding, and conducted the college’s first comprehensive strategic plan. Prior to joining Kentucky, Arnett was associate dean and chair of the department of epidemiology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and was a past president of the American Heart Association.

“My goals are to drive student success, to hear from faculty and students about how the innovations brought about by remote instruction for the pandemic can shape the future of teaching and learning, build on the university’s already strong academic offerings and foster a climate of inclusive excellence across the board,” Arnett said.

Arnett, who will begin August 1, has a nursing degree from the University of South Florida, a master’s in epidemiology and biostatistics from South Florida, and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. A native of Kentucky, Arnett grew up in Tampa, Florida.

Fredrickson has served as interim head of the university’s research office since July 2021. He is director of the National Institutes of Health-funded Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery, which conducts groundbreaking research to help stroke victims recover from brain damage.

A native of Iceland, Fredrickson joined South Carolina in 2001 and is President of SmartState and Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. He also serves as co-director of the McCusland Center for Brain Imaging. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in Speech and Audiology from the University of Arizona.

“It is a great honor to have this opportunity to serve as a Research Project Officer for the University of South Carolina,” Fredrickson She said.

Carolina Corner It is a bimonthly column from the University of South Carolina. Find out how the university has impacted the Northern District through research projects, achievements of past and current students and faculty, events and more.

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