One pos­si­ble re­place­ment for Pastides could be leav­ing SC

The State - - Local - BY NOAH FEIT [email protected]­

When Har­ris Pastides an­nounced that he was re­tir­ing af­ter 10 years as pres­i­dent of the Uni­ver­sity of South Carolina, the fo­cus shifted to who might be his suc­ces­sor.

A log­i­cal can­di­date was Joan Ga­bel, USC’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent for aca­demic af­fairs and provost.

Two months af­ter Pastides’ an­nounce­ment, Ga­bel ap­pears to be out of the run­ning to be­come South Carolina’s 29th pres­i­dent.

She is ex­pected to take the same po­si­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota, the Star Tri­bune re­ported.

Ga­bel was named the only fi­nal­ist to be­come the next pres­i­dent by Min­nesota’s Board of Re­gents, ac­cord­ing to MPR News.

She is sched­uled to meet the board on Dec. 14, when she will be in- ter­viewed, ac­cord­ing to KSTP, which re­ported Ga­bel is not cur­rently guar­an­teed to be­come Min­nesota’s next pres­i­dent. If is­sues arise dur­ing the in­ter­view process the re­gents could re-open the hir­ing process, ac­cord­ing to the TV sta­tion.

If the process goes well, Ga­bel would be­come the uni­ver­sity’s first fe­male pres­i­dent, per Min­nesota Daily.

Ga­bel said she is “honored and hum­bled” by the op­por­tu­nity at Min­nesota, the Star Tri­bune re­ported.

The At­lanta na­tive came to USC in 2015, af­ter serv­ing as dean of the Uni­ver­sity of Mis­souri’s busi­ness school, The State pre­vi­ously re­ported. Prior to that, Ga­bel “held var­i­ous chairs and di­rec­tor­ships at Flor­ida State and Ge­or­gia State uni­ver­si­ties, and edited the Amer­i­can Busi­ness Law Jour­nal.”

“Provost Ga­bel has shown strong lead­er­ship at the Uni­ver­sity of South Carolina and her pre­vi­ous in­sti­tu­tions, and the Pres­i­den­tial Search Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee strongly rec­om­mended her af­ter in­depth anal­y­sis and a com­par­i­son of 67 to­tal can­di­dates,” Board of Re­gents Chair David McMil­lan said, ac­cord­ing to MPR News.

Joan Ga­bel

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