Meet the new VP of Economic Development

March 11, 2024

The Board of Trustees has officially named the USC College of Pharmacy Dean Stephen Cutler as the new Vice President of Economic Development. Dean Cutler will oversee the Office of Economic Engagement while leading systemwide economic development strategies.

“I selected Steve for his successful track record in research and economic development, his years of relevant leadership experience, including the interim provost position, his commitment to being a visible leader, and his demonstrated ability to innovate,” USC President Michael Amiridis said.

Cutler, who joined USC in 2016 and is the author or co-author of 50 patents, will also remain the pharmacy dean while leading the university’s efforts to partner with private industry, drive workforce development and contribute to the state’s economic development strategy.

“I am deeply honored to serve as the USC Vice President for Economic Development and am dedicated to advancing our university’s mission,” said Cutler. “Together, we will foster innovation, forge strategic partnerships, and drive economic growth, propelling our institution to new heights of excellence.”

As the state’s educational leader, USC contributes more than $6 billion annually to the state’s economy and helps meet the demand of an ever-evolving South Carolina workforce through innovative education, internships and research.


About Dean Cutler

Dr. Cutler earned his B.S. degree in 1984 and his Ph.D. degree in 1989 from the University of Georgia. He has been a pharmacy educator for more than 30 years having served at the schools of pharmacy for Ohio Northern University, Mercer University, the University of Mississippi and the University of South Carolina. During that time, he received 10 teaching awards and recognitions from various classes of students. During his career, Dr. Cutler has received more than $40,000,000 from various federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DoD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).