Pringle holds a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in information systems, both from the University of South Carolina. He also has 19 years of information technology experience, 18 of which have been in higher education. Pringle will start in his new position on Feb. 6 and is coming to USC Aiken after serving as the assistant dean for information technology at USC School of Law in Columbia.
“I am delighted to have someone with Ernest’s ability and array of experiences within the USC System coming to USCA,” USC Aiken Chancellor Tom Hallman said in the release. “He will be a great asset to our work here.”
Previously, Pringle served as associate director of student development and university housing for information technology. He also served as network manager for USC’s College of Hotel, Restaurant and Sport Management. Before that, he worked as a network operator for Policy Management Systems Corp. in Blythewood, S.C.
“I want to thank Chancellor Hallman and all the members of the CIO search committee for the opportunity to join the USC Aiken leadership team,” Pringle said in the release. “The warm welcome I received during my visit and since has convinced me that USCA will be a great place to work. I look forward to helping USCA maintain its rank as one of the top regional colleges in the South.”
Pringle fills the position that was recently vacated by Mike Lemons upon his retirement. In his new role, Pringle will be responsible for the leadership and management of information technology resources and services for USC Aiken, serving on various campus planning and policy-making committees and overseeing the university’s system of servers, computers and networks.