Interim Dean, April N. Taylor, joined South University as an adjunct instructor in 2010 in the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Departments. In 2013, she became a full time Program Director for the Legal Studies campus-based programs for South University, Columbia. Dean Taylor became the campus-based Legal Studies Chair in 2017, and was appointed as Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences in February 2019. She likes to tell her students that she worked her way up, and she is grateful that South University allowed her the opportunity to prove herself, to work hard, to support others, and then to receive a promotion based on that hard work.
While the Legal Studies program will always be special to Dean Taylor, she now also manages our Psychology, Clinical Mental Health, General Education, Theology and Criminal Justice Programs. While sometimes challenging, she greatly enjoys her job and the opportunity to work with her colleagues and to do a different type of representation, to work on behalf of South University to improve the educational experience of each student within the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dean Taylor holds a law degree and is licensed to practice law in the state of South Carolina. She also has a Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. She believes in lifelong learning. Dean Taylor came to higher education from being an Assistant Attorney General working in the Prosecution Department of the South Carolina Attorney General’s office. She loves the practice of law and the art of representation inherent in the legal profession.
Dean Taylor’s decision to come to South University has been very fulfilling, and her favorite time of year is commencement, as she gets to celebrate with her students on their achievement of degree completion. She has a ‘very open door’ policy toward being a Dean. While her career entails ensuring accurate accreditation and approvals of our programs, but all of her work at South University is on behalf of the students, so she welcomes all students in the College of Arts and Sciences so she can assist them as needed. Dean Taylor is pleased to meet any and all students, as the Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, and wants students to feel free and welcome to contact her. When Dean Taylor is not at South University, she is usually off traveling and enjoying family time with her husband and their child.
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