The First African American Provost at the University of South Carolina

William F. Tate IV was named executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at University of South Carolina. Dr. Tate was selected from a group of three finalists who visited the Columbia campus in February following a comprehensive national search. When he takes office in July, Dr. Tate will be the first African American to serve as provost at the university.

“I’m honored and excited to start my journey at South Carolina,” Dr. Tate said. “This is a special place and being at the state’s flagship university provides a tremendous opportunity to change the lives of students and entire communities through education, research, innovation, and service.”

Dr. Tate is currently the dean of the graduate school and vice provost for graduate education at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the Washington University faculty in 2002.

Professor Tate is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. He holds a master’s degree in mathematical sciences education from the University of Texas at Dallas and a doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Maryland at College Park. In 2011, he added to his resume, earning a master’s degree in psychiatric epidemiology from the Washington University School of Medicine.

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