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Frances C. Welch

Dean, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance

Frances Welch - Dean School of Education

Office Address
86 Wentworth Street, Suite 210
Charleston, SC 29424

Phone: 843.953.5613

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A native of Dorchester County, Frances “Fran” C. Welch has devoted more than 35 years of her professional life to the education and development of teachers, health professionals and youth. As the dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, she has overseen planning and construction of a new building for the school; designed and initiated the Teacher Leader program; implemented the Call Me Mister program to encourage African American males to become teachers; formed the Center for Partnerships to Improve Education; initiated an Early Childhood Summit; and led several successful national reaccreditations. 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. Under Welch’s leadership, the school also offers new majors in foreign language education, exercise science, public health and secondary education; M.Ed. degrees in languages and language education and in teaching, learning and advocacy; and M.A.T. degrees in the performing arts and middle grades education.

Welch frequently presents at professional meetings, sharing her research and thinking. The author of approximately 40 articles and two books, Welch is currently working on several manuscripts, focusing on school leadership and evaluation of teachers.

Service on campus and to the greater community is a significant part of Welch’s professional life. She is a member and past chair of the Committee on Opportunities in Science of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and a member of the Roper Hospital Board, the LifeManagement Board and the Charleston County School District Advisory Board. She is active in Alpha Delta Kappa, serving as chair of the Credentials Committee and past membership chair for the Southeast region. Welch frequently authors grant proposals and has received approximately $8.5 million in funding for the College from public and private organizations. 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

2001–Present: 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