Meeting To Elect New President Postponed

After a small uproar

Patrick Gentry
July 12, 2019 - 11:59 am

A special meeting to elect a new president for the University of South Carolina has been called off by a judge who said there wasn't enough notice.

University trustees were set to meet Friday amid protests by students and a resolution from the Faculty Senate saying it had no confidence in the vote.

But trustee Charlie Williams said a judge ruled Thursday the board did not follow state law by mailing notices out five days before the meeting. Williams said he learned of the meeting Tuesday.

Gov. Henry McMaster released a letter a short time later saying he also wanted the meeting postponed.

Trustees voted in April to continue looking for a new president after student demonstrations that none of the four finalists were qualified.

But Williams said the governor started pushing board members to meet while students weren't in school and elect retired Army three star general and West Point Superintendent Robert Caslen as university's new leader.

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