USC Upstate Chooses Tanya Boone as Next Dean of Its College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Tanya Boone

Tanya Boone

Spartanburg, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to announce that, following a nationwide search, it has selected Dr. Tanya Boone to serve as the next dean of its College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS).

Boone most recently served as associate dean in the School of Social Sciences and Education at California State University, Bakersfield, a position she has held since August 2016. She will work closely with Interim Dean Robert McCormick as she transitions to her new role on June 10.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Tanya Boone as the next dean of our College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences,” said USC Upstate Provost David Schecter. “More than 100 candidates applied for this position. With more than a decade of leadership in higher education, as well as her extensive experience with community service and engagement, Dr. Boone is highly qualified and extremely motivated. I believe she will do an outstanding job.”

Boone, a native of Washington state, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Washington in 1990 and Master of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Arizona in 1997. In 2003, she received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.

She joined CSU Bakersfield’s Department of Psychology in 2003 as an assistant professor and achieved the rank of full professor in 2016. From 2009 to 2014, Boone served as faculty coordinator within the university’s Center for Community Engagement and Career Education. She was chair of CSU Bakersfield’s Department of Psychology from 2013 to 2016 and of Advanced Education Studies from 2016 through 2019.

Boone’s scholarship has focused on family and adolescent development. Her leadership experience has centered on supporting student success, collaborating with faculty and staff to achieve school goals and objectives and serving on executive teams to promote the strategic goals of the university, including improving student retention and graduation rates.

Boone played a key role in CSU Bakersfield achieving the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in 2015. She has received several national grants and awards, and her work has appeared in a variety of books and scholarly publications.

Boone says she sees her role as a leader as supporting and empowering faculty and staff as they work to transform lives through education.

“I am passionate about the power of higher education to transform lives, especially in under-served and first-generation communities,” Boone said. “This passion is the foundation of my work and motivates me to collaborate with faculty and staff to generate creative and innovative strategies for best meeting the needs of our students. I am eager to continue and expand this work at USC Upstate.”

About USC Upstate
The University of South Carolina Upstate is a regional comprehensive university offering more than 45 undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and education. Located along the I-85 corridor in Spartanburg between Greenville and Charlotte, USC Upstate is ranked by U.S. News & World Report at No. 1 among Top Public Schools. It serves as a major talent producer for the region, with more than 6,000 students, approximately 1,300 new graduates a year, and nearly 30,000 alumni, many of whom live and work in the state. The USC Upstate Spartans compete in 15 NCAA Division 1 sports as a member of the Big South Conference. For more information, visit

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