William C. McCoy has been appointed interim director of the Pan African Studies program in the Clemson University College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.
In addition to this new role, McCoy will continue his duties as director of the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson.
“I welcome William C. McCoy to our college and look forward to building upon the Pan African Studies program here at Clemson University,” said Dean Richard E. Goodstein. “Our program offers insights into many facets of our world and our humanity, past, present and future; and on a local, national and international scale.”
Pan African Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that explores the social, economic and political contributions that people of African descent have made to global society and examines diverse cultures around the world.
“The program looks at the African experience from a multitude of perspectives,” McCoy said. “That includes perspectives from the United States, Africa and Latin America.”
Diane Perpich, director of the college’s interdisciplinary programs, said it emphasizes unrecognized achievements and little-known parts of history in addition to examining past challenges. “We also look to the future,” she said.
Priority No. 1 for McCoy will be to expand the program. Students at Clemson can pursue a major, minor or double major in Pan African Studies.