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Portrait of President Michale Amiridis.

University President

Michael Amiridis, the University of South Carolina's 30th president, is committed to using two of the university's greatest strengths — education and research — to improve prospects for all South Carolinians.

The challenges facing higher education are many, but President Amiridis is confident in the university's ability to address them with a commitment to excellence, transparency and accessibility. As the university's 30th president, he is drawing on his experience as a faculty member, academic administrator and higher education leader to guide South Carolina into its next era of success.

Presidential Communications

Explore the vision and plans shared by President Amiridis in his messages to students, faculty and staff, and the university's community.

State of the University

President Michael Amiridis reflected on the achievements of the past year and looked to the future with his State of the University address delivered on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 4 p.m. in the Russell House Ballroom.

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Connecting with Students

President Amiridis welcomes student involvement in ways that support the campus experience and showcase student talent.

Office of the President

University of South Carolina
Osborne Administration Building
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-2001

Requests and Invitations

If you would like to invite President Amiridis to attend an upcoming event, ask him speak at your event, or request his assistance with other communications, please fill out a request form at least 30 days in advance of your event or deadline.

Request Form
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Presidential Investiture

The Presidential Investiture Ceremony that formally installed Dr. Michael Amiridis in office was held January 20, 2023, at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, South Carolina. Photos, videos, remarks and other highlights of the day can be viewed at Event Details, below.

Event Details
Portrait of Michael Amiridis in regalia.

About President Amiridis


Michael Amiridis became 30th president of the University of South Carolina on July 1, 2022. Before coming home to Carolina, he led the University of Illinois Chicago as its chancellor since 2015.

Prior to leading UIC, Amiridis spent more than two decades at our Columbia campus as a faculty member and administrator, serving from 2009 to 2015 as the university's executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

As a researcher, Amiridis earned the National Science Foundation's award for early-career scientists and engineers in 1999, was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012, and was elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2015.

He and his wife, Ero, are the parents of two children who are both graduates of the University of South Carolina.


″Meet Michael Amiridis″ Video Series


Through academics, research and its vibrant culture, the university system is critically important to the people of South Carolina and to the state’s future. I feel privileged to be able to lead this great institution.

Michael Amiridis, University of South Carolina President

First Lady Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis

Like the president, First Lady Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis has strong roots at the University of South Carolina. In addition to earning two advanced degrees from USC — a master’s in art history, ’97, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, ’12 — she cherishes memories of the campus as the backdrop for many pivotal moments in the Amiridis family's life.

Meet Dr. Aggelopoulou-Amiridis

The Office of Special Events assists the First Lady with projects and scheduling.

Portrait of Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis.