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Stan Emanuel will lead the University of South Carolina Lancaster on an interim basis when current dean Dr. John Catalano steps down at the end of the year.
Emanuel, an adjunct business professor at USCL for 17 years, will assume those duties Dec. 31, as University of South Carolina officials continue their search for a permanent dean, a search expected to be completed next semester.
USC Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Michael Amiridis made the announcement Friday.
“From my observation of, and conversations with Stan, I believe he is the right individual to lead the institution until a permanent dean is appointed,” Amiridis said.
“His association with USC Lancaster gives him an informed understanding of how to continue to move the institution forward and build on the program made under dean Catalano.”
Emanuel began teaching business classes at USCL in 1995. He earned the USCL Distinguished Teaching award for the 2008-2009 academic year.
Before that, Emanuel served as an adjunct business instructor at Sandhills Community College in Southern Pines, N.C., and Gaston College in Gastonia, N.C.
He has a background in banking with 23 years working for such financial institutions as First Union (now Wells Fargo), The First Savings Bank (now BB&T) and First Palmetto Savings Bank.
A 1977 graduate of Lancaster High School, Emanuel has owned and operated a local small business consulting firm for 17 years called Management Advisory Services of Lancaster, Inc.
Emanuel has also been an active member of numerous community boards and committees over the years, often as treasurer, ranging from the Lancaster County Partners for Youth Foundation, to the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce to the Moriah Baptist Association and more.
He also served as a member of the USCL search committee for a replacement dean up until his appointment.
Emanuel jokingly said he was probably as surprised as anyone else that university officials approached him about the job.
“I think it’s a great opportunity and I’m very excited about what’s going on here at the university, what’s been going on for a long time here, and excited about the future,” Emanuel said. “It’s a new era, but we’ve progressed tremendously under the leadership of John Catalano.”
Catalano, who has been a USCL faculty member for more than 30 years and served as the university’s dean for 11, announced his intentions to step down in June to return full-time to the classroom teaching philosophy and logic.
Under Catalano’s tenure, the university doubled it’s enrollment and added nearly 40 acres and 100,000-square-feet of classroom space to the campus.
Catalano said he believes Emanuel was a good choice for interim dean.
“He has demonstrated a love for the campus, the community and our students,” Catalano said. “He is a great teacher and has management and budget experience. He will use all these skills to keep USCL moving forward as we search for our next dean.”
Emanuel and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Holly and Hillary.
Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151