South Carolina State President George Cooper Resigns
South Carolina State University President George Cooper today announced his resignation, effective Mar. 30. Dr. Cooper, who has been at the healm of one of the most tumultuous stretches in the university’s history, steps down after a recent slate of firings, board resignations, and scrutiny over university spending practices.
Cooper says his decision is voluntary, and that he wished to spend more time with his family and other interests. He said he will accept a $268,000 severance package from the school.
In an apparent effort to calm any fears, trustees spoke immediately after Cooper made his announcment, saying the school is “alive and well.” They offered an apology to students and the state, and thanked Cooper for his service. The group said it now will focus on finding a new president.
Thursday, the school’s board of trustees spent about six hours in a closed door executive session meeting. While the topic of the discussion wasn’t made public, it’s believed it was about a letter from the faculty senate calling for Cooper’s resignation. (WLTX)