Welch, Frances C. (Provost)

Frances C. Welch

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
email: welchf@cofc.edu 

Frances C. Welch, Professor of Teacher Education, is the Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. In this role, Welch serves as the chief academic officer of the College of Charleston and a key member of the President's senior staff. Welch oversees academic programs, faculty affairs and many academic support functions, and works to ensure that the College of Charleston fulfills its institutional mission and goals.

A native of Dorchester County, S.C., Frances C. Welch has devoted more than 45 years of her professional life to the education and development of teachers, health professionals and youth. As dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance at the College of Charleston, she had many accomplishments, most notably, the design and implementation of the Teacher Leader program; the Call Me MISTER program, which encourages African American males to become teachers; the Center for Partnerships to Improve Education; the Early Childhood Summit; has led several successful national reaccreditations; and worked on several stages of the design, construction and move into a new School of Education, Health, and Human Performance Building. She has expanded international education opportunities by establishing the English Language Institute at the College, facilitating a bilateral agreement with National Kaohsiung Normal University (Taiwan) and launching an exchange program in Ecuador.

Service at the College and to the greater community is a significant part of Welch’s professional life. She is a member of the Foundations, Inc. National Advisory Board, past chair of the Committee on Opportunities in Science of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, a member of the Engaging Creative Minds Board, the Charleston County School District Advisory Board, the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, and other local boards. She is active in Alpha Delta Kappa, serving as past chair of the Credentials Committee and past membership chair for the Southeast region.

Welch frequently presents at professional meetings, sharing her research and scholarly pursuits. The author of approximately 40 articles and two books, Welch is currently working on several manuscripts, focusing on school leadership and evaluation of teachers. She is certified in South Carolina in the following areas: elementary teacher and principal, superintendent, learning disabilities, mental disabilities and school psychologist. Welch is also licensed as a psychologist specializing with children and adolescents.


1992: Ed.S. in Educational Administration, The Citadel
1978: Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of South Carolina
1972–1974: Coursework in Special Education, The Citadel and the College of Charleston
1971–1972: Coursework in School Psychology, The Citadel and University of South Carolina
1971: M.A. in Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina
1969: B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business, Columbia College

Career Highlights

2019-Present: Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, College of Charleston

2001–2019: Dean, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, College of Charleston
1995–2000: Chair and Professor, Department of Foundations, Secondary and Special Education, School of Education, College of Charleston
1993–1995: Assistant Dean for Professional Development and Associate Professor, School of Education, College of Charleston
1992–1993: Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Specializations, School of Education, College of Charleston
1988–1992: Director, Staff Development, Dorchester School District Two
1972–1976: School Psychologist, Charleston County School District
1970–1972: Teacher, Educable Mentally Handicapped, Dorchester School District Two

Honors and Achievements

2010: Woman of the Year, Office of Institutional Diversity, College of Charleston
2009: Women of Distinction Award for Education, Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina
2008: Save the City Three Sisters Award
2004: Excellence in Education Award, S.C. Alpha Delta Kappa
2003: Acknowledgement of Support Award, SCAHPERD
1992: Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award, Columbia College
1987: Outstanding Computer Using Educator, S.C. Council of Computing Educators