Bio of Dr. Al M. Panu
Dr. Al M. Panu became the second chancellor of the University of South Carolina Beaufort on August 16, 2015.
Panu’s appointment culminates a nearly 30-year career in higher education in which he has worked closely with students, faculty, administrators and alumni as well as local and state leaders. Building on an academic career as a chemistry professor at Kennesaw State University, Panu joined Gainesville State College in 2007 as chairman of the Division of Science, Engineering and Technology. He was named dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in 2010 and vice president for academic affairs in 2011.
In 2013 Dr. Panu assumed the role of senior vice president for university affairs at the University of North Georgia, where he served on the leadership team responsible for the consolidation of Gainesville State College and North Georgia College and State University.
Panu earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, and his master’s and doctorate in chemistry respectively at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and University of Georgia. He received Kennesaw State University’s College of Science and Mathematics Distinguished Teacher Award.
A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Al M. Panu, Ph.D. and his wife, Judith, have three children, Sylvain, Marc and Anna.