USC Trustee Pulls Support Of Caslen

Over growing protests

July 17, 2019 - 2:13 pm

A University of South Carolina trustee who once would have voted for a retired Army general as the school's new president says he can't cast that vote now.

Trustee Chuck Allen said Tuesday his opinion of retired three-star general and West Point Superintendent Robert Caslen hasn't changed.

But Allen said in a statement that objections about Caslen from alumni, donors, professors and students would mean hiring Caslen would cause the school harm.

Trustee Charlie Williams says Gov. Henry McMaster is pressuring trustees to hire Caslen after they unanimously voted to continue the president search in April instead of voting on him or other finalists.

Professors said Caslen lacked research university experience and students didn't like a comment blaming sexual assaults on binge drinking.

A spokesman for McMaster called preposterous the suggestions the governor acted improperly.

Spokesman Brian Symmes says McMaster wants a permanent president as soon as possible and Caslen is supremely qualified.

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