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Harris Pastides, PhD, MPH

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Harris Pastides, PhD, MPH, the president emeritus of the University of South Carolina (USC), was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees as its public member in November 2019 and began officially serving his four-year term in June 2020. During his 11-year tenure (2008–2019), Dr. Pastides was responsible for the operation of the system’s eight institutions and its over 50,000 students.

While USC president, Dr. Pastides also chaired the Southeastern Athletic Conference and the NCAA Division I Board of Directors.

Previous service at USC included terms as vice president of research and health sciences and as dean of the Arnold School of Public Health. Prior to joining USC in 1998, Dr. Pastides was a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Throughout his career Dr. Pastides has worked with national and international organizations, including the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health on matters involving higher education and public health. Currently, Dr. Pastides is a member of the Institute of International Education Board of Trustees and is chair of the Council for International Exchange Scholars Advisory Board, which advises Fulbright Scholar Program outreach and recruitment. In 2016 he received one of seven inaugural Fulbright Global Changemaker Awards and, in 2017, received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is a member of the national Uber Safety Board and an at-large trustee with the Universities Research Association.

Dr. Pastides earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the State University of New York Albany in 1974. He has two master’s degrees from Yale—one in public health from the School of Medicine in 1977, the other in epidemiology from the Yale University Graduate School in 1978. He earned his doctorate in epidemiology from the Yale University Graduate School in 1980.


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