UofSC announces new appointments to lead academic and research efforts – UofSC News & Events



The University of South Carolina announced the appointment of two senior leadership officials Thursday (April 14), and the University of Kentucky School of Public Health’s selection of Dean Donna K. As Vice President of the School of Research.

Both positions were approved at the University’s Board of Trustees meeting.

“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.

“We are fortunate to have such professionals to lead the university into its next chapter, and I look forward to working with all of them,” said President-elect Michael Amérides, who began his term in July.

I am honored to be selected for this important role at the University of South Carolina.

Donna K. Arnette
Donna K.  Arnette

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.

“I am honored to be chosen for this important role at the University of South Carolina,” Arnett said. “My goals are to drive student success, to hear from faculty and students about how the innovations brought about by the pandemic remote instruction 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 campus.”

The dean oversees all of the schools and colleges on the Columbia Research Campus, which collectively offer more than 300 fields of study, from bachelor’s degrees to doctoral degrees.

Arnett, who will begin August 1, has published more than 700 peer-reviewed papers and two books, her research focus on cardiovascular health. She received 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. Arnett is a Kentucky native who grew up in Tampa, Florida.

It is a great honor to be in a position to ensure that my fellow faculty members receive the targeted and effective assistance they need to excel.

Julius Frederickson
Julius Frederickson

Fredrickson, a stroke and aphasia researcher at the Arnold School of Public Health, has served as interim head of the 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 To recover from brain damage.

“It is a great honor to have this opportunity to serve as the University of South Carolina Research Project Officer. I look forward to continuing the work my team and I started last summer, and in particular ramping up our core mission to advance faculty development throughout the university system. Consistent investments in Faculty mentorship, professional development, funding, and other types of support pay off in research productivity and build a strong culture of research excellence.Frederickson said it is a great honor to be in a position to ensure that my fellow faculty receive the targeted and effective assistance they need to excel.

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 BA in Communication Disorders from the University of Central Florida, an MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in Speech and Audio Science from the University of Arizona.


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