After three rounds of voting, South Carolina State University’s Board of Trustees has elected Walter Tobin as its chairman.

Tobin beat board member Pat Lott for the board’s top post today with a 6-4 vote.

Board members voting for Tobin were: Jackie Epps, Gail Joyner-Fleming, Dennis Nielsen, Tobin, Robert Waldrep and Maurice Washington. Board members voting for Lott were: Linda Edwards-Duncan, Anthony Grant, Lott and Robert Nance. John Corbitt abstained. Jonathan Pinson was not present when the vote was taken.

Tobin, who lives in Columbia, is a retired superintendent of Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5. He also served as interim superintendent of several other school districts.

He’s a member of S.C. State’s Class of 1963, and currently is doing marketing and consulting work.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.

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