COLUMBIA, S.C. — The four finalists have been announced to replace outgoing University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides.

USC's Board of Trustees met Wednesday, and came up with the list of candidates. None of the candidates are from within the university. 

The candidates include:

John S Applegate, JD, Professor and Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs, Indiana University System 

Robert L Caslen, Jr, MBA, Senior Counsel to the President and Interim Chief Financial Officer, University of Central Florida

William F Tate, PhD, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Washington University in St. Louis

Joseph T Walsh Jr., PhD, Vice President for Research, Northwestern University

The school hopes to make a final decision when they meet on April 26.

The school will also have candidate forums for students to meet the finalists for university president.   Each candidate will follow this schedule during their campus visits:

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Faculty forum --Karen J. Williams Courtroom, School of Law - 30-minute presentation plus Q/A for faculty and academic administrators from throughout the system

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Student forum - Program Room, Ernest F. Hollings Library  - 30-minute presentation plus Q/A for students from throughout the system

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Open forum for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members Program Room, Ernest F. Hollings Library  - 30-minute presentation plus Q/A, which will be live streamed on the presidential search site.

Here are the list of dates for those candidate forums.

Monday, April 22 - Joseph T. Walsh Jr., Ph.D.

Tuesday, April 23 - William F. Tate, Ph.D.

Wednesday, April 24 – Robert L. Caslen Jr.

Thursday, April 25 – John S. Applegate, J.D.

The USC Board of Trustees has been searching for a new president after Pastides announced his retirement on Oct. 3, 2018, after helming the state's flagship university for a decade.

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