Ex-provost new U of South Carolina leader after tough search

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina as chosen a former professor and provost as its next president. The Board of Trustees on Friday elected University of Illinois Chicago Chancellor Michael Amiridis president for a salary of $900,000 a year with no disuccsion after meeting for more than two hours behind closed doors. Amiridis spent more than 20 years at the University of South Carolina, where he was a chemical engineering professor and later provost before he left for Chicago in 2015. Amiridis met virtually with faculty and students on Friday morning. The selection ends the university’s second protracted and problematic search for a new leader after former President Bob Caslen lasted only 22 months.

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