Clyburn Center expected to house energy research

  • Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 12:07 a.m.

ORANGEBURG — The James E. Clyburn University Center at South Carolina State University will house the university’s waste energy and biomass energy research work.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported that the university board of trustees was told Thursday that equipment has already been moved into the center. A $5 million portion of the Clyburn Center, which will cost at least $80 million, was completed about a year ago after 13 years of delays.

The university has hired Kenneth Lewis, the former dean of the university’s College of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology, to conduct research in the center. Lewis is a researcher in development of alternative forms of energy.

The center also has space for automotive research and education. It includes underground fuel tanks and four automotive bays for research on maintaining vehicles.

In addition, the board’s budget committee on Thursday proposed about $600,000 in additional budget cuts for the current year. Those cuts would include reductions ranging from the president’s office and athletics to academic affairs.

At the beginning of the school year, the budget was trimmed because the institution was facing a $5.5 million deficit. The shortfall was mainly because fewer students than expected had enrolled.

The university had expected 4,200 students this year although the actual number enrolling this fall was about 500 fewer.

The additional budget cuts would have to be approved by the full board of trustees.

Diane Knich contributed to this report.

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