Dennis A. Pruitt, Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice Provost and Dean of Students
Dr. Dennis Pruitt, vice president for student affairs, vice provost and dean of students at the University of South Carolina, has led the University’s Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support since 1983. He designed the University’s first and award-winning enrollment-management model, developed what is widely regarded as one of the earliest and most thorough strategic-planning processes in the field and significantly enhanced the University’s student-service programs.
At Carolina, Pruitt oversees housing, health services, student-engagement initiatives, Healthy Carolina, judicial affairs and academic integrity, disability services, residential learning communities, campus recreation, Greek Life, the Russell House University Union, student involvement and leadership programs, multicultural student affairs, parents programs, student government and organizations, alcohol and drug programs and student media.
Pruitt is responsible for coordinating and managing all aspects of academic student-support services, including residential learning communities, academic-integrity initiatives, pre-professional advising, fellowships and scholar programs, University 101, enrollment management, undergraduate admissions, orientation and testing, TRIO, the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, the registrar, the Visitor Center, Veterans Services, financial aid and scholarships, the Career Center, international programs for students and student-success initiatives.
In 2011, NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education honored Pruitt with the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Service as a Dean, one of the organization’s most prestigious awards. Pruitt’s other awards include NASPA Southeast Region’s John Jones Award for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer, NASPA’s Outstanding Pillars of the Profession Award, NASPA Southeast Region’s Bob E. Leach Award for Dedicated and Outstanding Service to Students and the Armstrong State College Distinguished Alumni Award.
Pruitt earned his doctorate in education from Carolina, his master’s degree in counseling/student personnel services from West Georgia College and his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Armstrong Atlantic State University.