University of South Carolina Aiken chancellor Thomas L. Hallman will retire next June.
Hallman, the school’s third chancellor, made the announcement Wednesday during his state of the campus address at the school’s Etherredge Center.
“You have all accomplished a great deal during that time, and it has been my great pleasure to serve alongside you,” said Hallman, who has held the position since 2000 and helped guide the university through much of its growth.
University of South Carolina President Dr. Harris Pastides will appoint a committee representative of the campus and key constituent groups to conduct a search, which could also include the use of a search firm, to identify top candidates.
Hallman’s retirement will be effective June 30, 2012.
During his tenure, USC Aiken has opened the Roberto Hernandez Baseball Stadium, the Pacer Commons and Pacer Crossings housing complexes, the Convocation Center, the Pacer Path for track and field events, and a new student walking path and disc golf course. USC Aiken has also continued to receive recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s college guide, ranking as the No. 1 public baccalaureate college in the South eight times during the 2000s.
Under the leadership of Dr. Hallman, three new degree programs were implemented – Bachelor of Arts in music education, Bachelor of Arts in special education, and Master of Education in education technology. For six of the past 10 years, USC Aiken professors also have been awarded the Carolina Trustee Professorship, the highest honor of the USC Board of Trustees, and private giving grew by 300 percent in 2006-07, the largest amount in USC Aiken history.
Dr. Hallman was born in Charleston, S.C., and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from The Citadel in 1969. He later earned a Master of Education from The Citadel, and was awarded a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina in 1993.