S.C. State board to meet
South Carolina State University's Board of Trustees meets today, but it remains unclear if the body will publicly address the recent firings of several top-level administrators.
Sources with close ties to the university, who asked to remain anonymous, said that as many as eight high-level employees were terminated Friday, including university attorney Ed Givens; Charles Smith, vice president for student affairs; and Michael Bartley, chief of police.
Givens did not respond to a request for comment. Smith and Bartley could not be reached for comment.
The university has announced that Valerie S. Fields will serve as interim vice president of student affairs. Fields previously served as an associate professor of education and assistant vice president for student affairs.
Kenneth McCaster will serve as interim chief of police. He previously served as the university's assistant chief of police.
The Board of Trustees' agenda includes closed-door sessions on personnel and legal issues, but it does not specify what those matters include, or whether public discussion will follow.
Board Chairman Jonathan Pinson did not return several calls for comment over the past few days.
In a prepared statement Friday, university President George Cooper said several personnel changes were being made effective immediately, following an internal investigation. He also said the university does not publicly disclose information on personnel matters.