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Dr. Chris Plyler

Executive Vice Chancellor Palmetto College and Vice Provost



As Vice Provost, Dr. Chris Plyler provides leadership and focus for the teaching, scholarship, and service missions of the Regional Campuses of the University of South Carolina.  In his responsibility as Dean of Extended University, Dr. Plyler oversees the evening program, the military program at Fort Jackson and Palmetto College.  The Continuing Education and Conferences component of his responsibility includes professional education, conferences and events and a variety of noncredit activities.  The Vice-Provost and Executive Dean serves on the President's Executive Council and the Council of Academic Deans.

Dr.  Plyler is a 1973 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He earned his Masters Degree in Higher Education from the University of South Carolina and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Florida State University in 1978.

Prior to his appointment in July 1999 as Vice Provost for Regional Campuses and Continuing Education, Dr. Plyler served the University of South Carolina as: Dean of the Beaufort Campus (July 1990 - July 1999); Vice Chancellor for Student Services at USC Aiken (August 1982 - July 1990), and as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at USC Salkehatchie (November 1978 - August 1982).  In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Plyler is a Professor in the department of Educational Leadership and Policies in USC’s College of Education.

Throughout his tenure, Dr. Plyler has served on numerous institutional and University-wide task forces and committees and has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He is an active member in seven professional associations.


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