We enjoy a rich history of more than 200 years of academic leadership, and we're building on that tradition. The people who make us successful and how to help shape our future. As the state’s flagship university, we are governed by a board of trustees appointed by the governor and state lawmakers. President Harris Pastides has guided our university and the USC system since 2008. More than a fundraising campaign, Carolina’s Promise is to create educational opportunity, advance discovery and improve lives in South Carolina and the world. From our founding in 1801 and original quadrangle of buildings that make up the Horseshoe, through the Civil War, Reconstruction and World War II, we have persevered and transformed into a major research university still dedicated to educating South Carolinians. More than a fundraising campaign, Carolina’s Promise is to create educational opportunity, advance discovery and improve lives in South Carolina and the world. Generations of scholars have walked the bricks of our historic Horseshoe on their way to becoming leaders throughout the world, as our current national television commercial illustrates.A comprehensive directory of the 10 divisions and the offices that form the extensive support system for our students and faculty.