Facing $6 Million Deficit, SC State Considers Cuts to Academics, Move to Div. II Athletics
Officials at South Carolina State University informed its Board of Trustees yesterday that a $6 million deficit may force significant cost cutting measures university-wide. Newly-hired vice-president of finance Eric Eaton proposed a plan that would implement a hiring freeze, cuts to existing faculty positions, and a potential move to Division II.
Women’s’ bowling and men’s golf are being cut from the athletic program. However, Athletic Director Charlene Johnson said that if any other men’s sports are cut, the university cannot remain in Division 1.
The board discussed the feasibility of moving S.C. State from a Division 1 to Division 2 school in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Board Chairman Dr. John Corbitt asked Johnson to do an assessment to see if switching divisions would be financially feasible. However, Johnson suggested that a professional should be hired to do the assessment.