South Carolina Lawmakers Seek to Dismantle SCSU Board of Trustees
The Higher Education Subcommittee of the South Carolina House of Representatives last week approved a bill to end the service of all 13 members of the South Carolina State University board of trustees. If passed, the measure may end a leadership tenure that a outside investigator called the “root of the problem at the university.”
The House Higher Education Subcommittee on Tuesday approved an amended bill by Rep. Jerry Govan, D-Orangeburg, to bring the terms of all 13 S.C. State University trustees to an end on June 30, 2012. It would also reduce the number of trustees to nine.
Rep. B.R. Skelton, R-Six Mile, told the committee that he agrees something needs to be done at S.C. State, but he urged caution.
“We need to get to the bottom of the situation there and find out what’s going on,” Skelton said. (Times and Democrat)
Senator John Matthews has also proposed a bill, seeking to eliminate a number of seats from the board instead of replacing the board. Both plans would not block current trustees from running again for seats on the board.