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USC-Upstate Drama

CHANCELLOR ON THE HOT SEAT … || By FITSNEWS || University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides is facing a difficult decision.  The candidate he hand-picked to lead his school’s Upstate campus – Tom Moore (above) – is in serious trouble. Last month, the faculty at USC-Upstate delivered an overwhelming”vote of…

CHANCELLOR ON THE HOT SEAT …

|| By FITSNEWS || University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides is facing a difficult decision.  The candidate he hand-picked to lead his school’s Upstate campus – Tom Moore (above) – is in serious trouble.

Last month, the faculty at USC-Upstate delivered an overwhelming”vote of no confidence” in Moore – and this week pressure is mounting on Pastides to remove the embattled chancellor (and several other ranking members of his administration).

So far, Pastides has stood by Moore, saying last month’s vote of no confidence was “an opportunity to engage in conversations and move forward in a positive way for the good of our students.”

Um, okay …

Increasingly, though, it’s looking like Pastides may be forced to pull the trigger on Moore – perhaps as soon as this week.

Faculty, staff, university foundation leaders and regional higher education officials are livid with Moore’s administration – which they see as squandering school resources on frivolities.

“Pastides has very challenging decisions to make,” one insider told FITS.  “If he does not address these issues, he risks a faculty boycott of classes.  Pastides hand-picked Moore as  chancellor and will have to admit it is a mistake if he fires Moore.”

Frankly, we don’t distinguish when it comes to “higher education.”  Whatever the expense … it’s simply not a core function of government.

Meaning, it’s all frivolity …

Pastides, incidentally, is in line to see his state salary climb from $286,200 to $297,648 in the coming fiscal year – on top of the more than $500,000 he makes from USC’s foundation.  All that for a guy who has presided over skyrocketing tuitionplummeting academics and failed command economic boondoggles?

Yes …

As we’ve repeatedly stated, all of the University of South Carolina-affiliated schools (along with every government-subsidized institution of higher learning) should immediately be set free to pursue their destinies in the private sector.

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40 comments

FastEddy23 May 18, 2015 at 10:58 am

Mmmmm … Let the purges begin?

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shifty henry May 18, 2015 at 11:33 am

Personalized license tags,… (one of my favorites)

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The Colonel May 18, 2015 at 11:01 am

“…Frankly, we don’t distinguish when it comes to “higher education.” Whatever the expense … it’s simply not a core function of government.

Meaning, it’s all frivolity …

Yeah, frivolity… South Carolina will be about 100,000 college educated workers short in the next 15 years.

I guess that means them thar yankees wit thar hifalutin edumicashun get all them good jobs…

http://www.thestate.com/news/state/south-carolina/article21226254.html

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FastEddy23 May 18, 2015 at 11:05 am

Witnessed and understood. But if the g’ment diploma mill is just cranking ’em out, what good is that?

We already have enough pottery promoters, community organizers and frisbee champions.

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The Colonel May 18, 2015 at 11:06 am Reply
FastEddy23 May 18, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Yes, USC is a great school.

(90% of all art is whale dreck.)

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shifty henry May 19, 2015 at 11:31 am

Rebuttal: Some of my paint-by-numbers and those glue-the-beads(?) that I gave as gifts years ago are still proudly hanging in folks homes…

shifty henry May 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

What about humorists, philosophers, poets and writers?

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The Colonel May 18, 2015 at 11:48 am

Never enough humorists, philosophers, poets and writers – somebody has to wait tables…

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shifty henry May 18, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Oh, thanks for the emotional support — now I can look forward to my old age knowing that I won’t end up at KFC packing to-go boxes!

RogueElephant May 18, 2015 at 10:49 pm

One of my best friend’s daughter just got her MBA and was telling me how proud she was. I asked:”you want fries with that ?” We all got a good laugh.

FastEddy23 May 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm

What about ’em? If they can get paying gigs or get published for profit, then no need for them collecting food stamps. (90% of all art is dreck.)

One can call ones self a philosopher … yet not be paid for it. The proof is in the profitability, not in the punditry.

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shifty henry May 18, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Gee,no one caught that the references were about ME…

Private Universities May 18, 2015 at 11:11 am

Not to mention that privatization of the public universities does absolutely nothing to actually lower their tuition rates. It will not do anything to student reliance on loans that can’t be dismissed. It will dull our competitive edge even further, but he can wash his hands of it by claiming the free market will sort it all out.

At this rate South Carolina might get its textile industry back, because we will be even poorer than the countries they have outsourced to.

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Spot On May 18, 2015 at 11:17 am

No it won’t. Get a clue. People are moving to SC from other states because of job opportunities. Like Boeing and BMW, Volvo will draw them in like swarms of flies.

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The Colonel May 18, 2015 at 11:49 am

Yep, them thar yankees will be a comin har to get ar’n good jobs…

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Squishy123 May 18, 2015 at 9:19 pm

That’s because in SC, a good ol’ boy ain’t doing any job that will interfere with his drinkin’ and fishin’.

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FastEddy23 May 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm

…. and to get away from the stink of big city unionism and many other reasons.

My own reasons: the fishing is good, the business weather could be real good …

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Squishy123 May 18, 2015 at 9:18 pm

Shit… SC has been importing talent for decades. If I want a ditch dug or a car towed I’ll hire a SC resident, if I want anything more I have to go outside the state.

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Torch May 18, 2015 at 11:06 am

Guess he learned to spend from Pastides.

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sparklecity May 18, 2015 at 11:09 am

“set free to pursue their destinies in the private sector”…………
Yep, just like the success story that is the Charleston School of Law!!!!!!!!

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Jackie Chiles May 18, 2015 at 11:29 am

Or Corinthian colleges.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 19, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Or DeVry

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Rakkasan May 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm

You’re only paying 10% of their budgets now. Give it a rest.

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Charley May 18, 2015 at 7:59 pm

How do you know Tommy is lying? His mouth is open!

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Rock Casbah May 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm

How do you know Charley is lower than slime? There is no sound of footsteps as he slinks down the hall.

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Assoc Prof May 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Moore has been given every chance to exhibit the qualities necessary to lead the university. Now it is change in leadership that is necessary. Some of our best faculty are leaving because of the ineptitude of administration. Enrollment is dropping because of a lack of a strategic plan. Four years without leadership or a plan is enough and the university will not survive more years of the same inaction.

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Ustabea May 18, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Tom needs to go as well as all the “friends” he hired the first being Roger greasy hair do nothing but hire Karen Tea Bag Floyd to spin public relations.

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Pragg May 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Moore has been asked repeatedly by faculty to disclose the terms of Roger Sullivan’s employment. Moore admits there is a bonus clause yet does disclose the terms. This is counterproductive to the mission of the university; faculty and staff are not inclined to give to the university and have their donation go the comission or the bonus for Sullivan. Nor will faculty and staff assist in fundraising efforts for the same reason. Darryl Bridges holds same position at Francis Marion at $118k. Sullivan makes $163k plus bonus and, from what is said, has not raised his salary in his two years ar Upstate.

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Squishy123 May 18, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Pastides isn’t doing a damn thing that the Board of Trustees doesn’t tell him to do. The only reason he’s still here is because the BoT has finally found a Yes Boy who will do whatever they tell him to do, and then reward him with large bonuses, incentives and raises to stay.

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. May 19, 2015 at 10:05 am

Pastides is coasting to collect his $1M bonus in 2017, then onto a nice job running the NCAA.

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Squishy123 May 19, 2015 at 7:34 pm

I hope he remembers to take his football bat with him.

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Noncents May 18, 2015 at 10:19 pm

Pastides needs to dump that bunch of freeloaders and has-beens he seems to surround himself with. Start with Kirkland, anybody associated with that embarrassing cesspool of an “incubator” that USC wastes money on, that SBDC crowd that reports into the Moore School and sucks money out of the system for fancy retreats and spends more time retaliating against its own employees than helping businesses, the university’s HR group who is clueless about most things, and the old geezers who still hold trustee positions. The USC bus has a lot of potential but these losers are like a flat tire and hinder the progress and overall internal respectability.

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Horse Shoed May 19, 2015 at 7:35 am

You left out that Kirkland started little “Innovista Jr” in Spartanburg that does nothing and drains more resources from the university.

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. May 19, 2015 at 10:00 am

Nothing will happen to Kirkland, he is a FOH, friend of Harris.

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Fewel Cell May 19, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Bill Kirkland is not in charge of “Innovista Jr”. They asked for his assistance and then ignored his suggestions.

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Spot On May 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm

What is Innovista Jr? I can’t find anything on it.

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Rock Casbah May 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm

He is a dead man walking. It is not if but when.

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Peter Oil May 24, 2015 at 3:53 pm

74. I’ve had a good year.

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