Anthony M. Boccanfuso
University of South Carolina Director Research and Economic Development
As Director, Research and Economic Development for the University of South Carolina, Dr. Anthony Boccanfuso is charged with ensuring the aggressive growth and expansion of the university’s research enterprise. This includes providing system-wide leadership for USC’s activities with economic development agencies at the municipal, county, and state levels. With the university’s increased focus on Future FuelsTM and related facilities, Tony has taken a leading role in growing these efforts through the establishment of endowed chairs and the recruitment of ten new Centenary research faculty.
Tony also serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the USC Research Campus Foundation, Managing Director for the USC Research Foundation and holds an appointment within USC’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Before returning to USC in June 2001, he provided academic and research consulting services to some of the country’s leading academic and research institutions as a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Educational Advisory Solutions Practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. During this time, Tony was one of two managers who spearheaded the creation of the firm’s Clinical Research Consulting Practice.
His professional expertise in grant, contract, and budget negotiation and administration; technology transfer; compliance issues, strategic planning for institutional research; and economic development at the academic-industrial interface was developed through service as Associate Provost for Research and Federal Relations at Bowling Green State University; a number of positions at both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health in the educational, biological, and behavioral and social science arenas; and as an adjunct professor of chemistry at Bowling Green State University, the University of the District of Columbia, and the University of South Carolina.
Tony earned his undergraduate degree in political science and chemistry at Furman University (1983) and his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of South Carolina (1988).
A National Hydrogen Association board director, Tony is also a member of the Engenuity board, the City Center Partnership board, and the SC Biotechnology Incubation Program board of governors. He is a former chairman of the Palmetto Biotechnology Alliance, and a former PHRP Human Subjects Accreditation committee member. He is also a contributor to a number of academic publications.