USC Upstate has a new interim chancellor.

USC President Harris Pastides on Wednesday said Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, USC’s vice president for system planning, will lead the school beginning Aug. 1 while the search for a permanent chancellor continues.

Pastides said in a news release he anticipates having a new chancellor in place by the first of the year.

Former chancellor Tom Moore, who was given a vote of no confidence by the faculty, is retiring.

USC completed a national search to find a chancellor that resulted in many qualified applicants and several strong finalists but it did not yield the leader sought to guide USC Upstate, a news release said.

“Dr. Fitzpatrick will make the leadership of USC Upstate her full-time mission during the coming months,” Pastides said in a release. “She will not simply be a caretaker but will build upon USC Upstate’s momentum, advance the forward progress and ensure a strong foundation for a permanent chancellor.”

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