ORANGEBURG — South Carolina State University released the names of eight high-level employees who were terminated this month, but school officials have not said specifically why they were fired.
The university Thursday released the names of the employees terminated Feb. 10 in conjunction with an ongoing internal investigation.
They are Edwin Givens, general counsel and chief of staff; Michael Bartley, chief of police; Joseph Pearman, interim vice president of finance; Charles Smith, vice president of student affairs.
Also, Lowan Pitt, associate vice president of student affairs; Lillian Adderson, director of student life and leadership; Brantley Evans, director of campus services; and Gene Breeland, director of intramural sports.
According to letters released by the university, the eight employees were let go for “conduct unbecoming of a state employee that substantially affects your fitness to perform assigned duties and that reflects unfavorable on the university, and your substantial failure to follow university rules, policies and procedures.”
University officials have not released any information on the nature of their investigation. President George Cooper has said he would not comment until it is complete.
The university has hired attorney Reggie Lloyd, former chief of the State Law Enforcement Division, and Charleston attorney D. Peters Wilborn, from the firm of Derfner, Wilborn & Altman, to deal with it.
Lloyd last week said he also would not comment on the investigation until it is complete.
Kathryn Richardson, spokeswoman for the State Law Enforcement Division, has said the agency was not investigating anything at S.C. State.
Denise Taiste, spokeswoman in the Columbia office of the FBI, has said she could not confirm or deny an investigation.
I’ssis Massaro, editor-in-chief of the student newspaper The Collegian, said the campus buzz about the firings has quieted down during the past two weeks. “We are just waiting to see what’s going to happen next.”