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The Latest: Meeting to elect new USC president postponed

July 11, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the University of South Carolina’s search for a new president (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

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.


2:30 p.m.

A University of South Carolina trustee and the mayor of Columbia are questioning whether a meeting of trustees Friday is legal.

The university announced Wednesday the special meeting to elect a new president.

But Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says that under state law, trustees must be notified by mail at least five days before a meeting.

Trustee Charlie Williams said he was notified of the meeting Tuesday.

Williams says Gov. Henry McMaster is pushing for the meeting to elect retired Army three star general and West Point Superintendent Robert Caslen as the University of South Carolina’s new leader.

Trustees considered Carlen and three other finalists at an April meeting, but instead voted unanimously to continue the process and name an interim president after student protests and faculty complaints.

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