ORANGEBURG -- A key committee of S.C. State University's board met behind closed doors Thursday to discuss the process of naming an interim president.

But the committee did not release the names of candidates being considered for the post.

Board Vice Chairman John Corbitt, who presided over the committee meeting, said the full Board of Trustees likely will discuss specific candidates, and possibly could name one, at today's meeting.

The board must find an interim president to replace George Cooper, who announced earlier this month that he would resign. Cooper's resignation is effective March 30. It came as the state's only public historically black university was mired in an internal investigation.

The university has hired lawyer Reggie Lloyd, former chief of the State Law Enforcement Division, to help with the internal investigation. Lloyd has said the investigation involves alleged criminal, management and ethical issues at the board and administrative level. While he would not specifically discuss those allegations, he said they had been referred to the proper law enforcement agencies.

The university offered Cooper a $268,000 severance package, and officials there said the money was coming from a private source. But they would not say specifically what that source was.

The Post and Courier has filed a request for that information under the state's Freedom of Information Act.