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USC Aiken names Daniel Heimmermann next chancellor

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Dr. Daniel Heimmermann has been selected as the next chancellor for USC Aiken. He is slated to take office in July.

USC Aiken announced its new chancellor Friday afternoon after a months-long search to replace soon-to-retire USCA Chancellor Dr. Sandra Jordan.

"I am proud to welcome Dr. Daniel Heimmermann as the new chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken," USC President Bob Caslen said in a press release. "Dr. Heimmermann has spent years of dedicated service in higher education, and I look forward to seeing his leadership in action as we continue to deliver on our academic and research mission in South Carolina."

Heimmermann will assume leadership on July 1. In his most recent role, he has been the provost and vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas Permian Basin since 2014.

At UT Permian Basin, Heimmermann led the creation of multiple undergraduate and academic programs, according to USCA. Multiple new colleges were also established under his leadership, including colleges in engineering, nursing, business and health sciences and human performance.

Heimmermann said he and his family are excited to join the Aiken community.

“My first goal is to learn about the Aiken community and what their aspirations are for the university, and how we can continue at the university to work closely with the community, to support it both educationally and also in other areas," Heimmermann said.

The national search for a new chancellor began after Jordan announced in October that she would retire this summer. Jordan has been the chancellor since 2012.

More than 100 candidates applied for the role, according to the press release. Heimmermann was one of four finalists who delivered presentations, which included open forums for question-and-answer sessions, in March.

"I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Heimmermann to Aiken,” Jordan said in the press release. “His commitment to student success, to adding new degree programs that address the workforce needs of the region, in addition to his warm personality, deep experience and student-first management style, will be compatible with USC Aiken's trajectory, culture and goals."

According to the press release, Heimmermann is from Wisconsin, where earned his undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin before achieving a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in early-modern European history from Marquette University.

Heimmermann and his wife, Claudia, have a 14-year-old daughter, Lucie. The family has two dogs, Sofie and Ollie, according to the press release.

“I just want to express my thanks to the USC Board of Trustees, President Caslen, the wonderful faculty and staff that have supported me throughout this process, and I really look forward to joining the Aiken community and getting to work to serve the people of Aiken and South Carolina,” Heimmermann said.

Blakeley Bartee covers the education beat at the Aiken Standard. She graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2020. You can follow her on Twitter: @blakeleybartee.

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