After serving as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of South Carolina Upstate since 2015, Clif Flynn has received a promotion.

Flynn on Wednesday was named provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at USC Upstate. Flynn has been at the university for the past 30 years, starting as a faculty member and now working with university administration.

“USC Upstate is on the cusp of great things,” Flynn said in a statement. “Passion, commitment and vision will take this institution to great heights and allow us to celebrate many victories.”

Flynn, who started at the university in 1988, has been an associate vice chancellor for academic affairs; director of graduate studies; chairman of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Women's Studies; and a professor of sociology.

Flynn has published several articles on human-animal studies, family violence and corporal punishment of children.

Currently, his research focuses on interactions between humans and animals, with a focus on animal abuse and its relationship to family violence.

“For nearly three decades, Flynn has demonstrated servant leadership and gained respect at USC Upstate, across the state and throughout the country,” said USC Upstate Chancellor Brendan Kelly in a statement.