Pastides Announcement

University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides and his wife Patricia Moore-Pastides are pictured in a screenshot from a video posted to Twitter.

University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides announced that he will be stepping down following the 2019 school year.

The announcement was made Wednesday at the University of South Carolina's annual State of the University address.

Shortly after, Pastides posted a video with his wife Patricia Moore-Pastides, the First Lady of the University of South Carolina, to his Twitter account at 10:34 a.m.

"We're here to tell you that we plan on stepping down from the presidency in the summer of 2019," Pastides said.

"We just really feel that at this point in our lives we'd like to spend a little bit more time with family, especially those two beautiful granddaughters," Moore-Pastides said.

Pastides said the students of the University of South Carolina have been their family and the "life force that have kept them young and vital."

Pastides says the university is in a good place to find a new leader.

Pastides became president in 2008 after serving as dean at the Arnold School of Public Health.

The university's main campus in Columbia has added about 7,000 students for an enrolment of 34,000 since Pastides took over. The university system, including its six regional campuses, has added 10,000 students for a total enrollment of about 51,000.