ORANGEBURG — South Carolina State University has hired the former director of the state’s Department of Employment and Workforce to recruit veterans to enroll as students at the historically black university.

Recruiting veterans could be one of the ways the school could turn around declining enrollment, Interim President Cynthia Warrick said Thursday.

Gen. Abraham Turner has been hired to coordinate a project on veterans and military affairs, said Michael Hubbard, associate vice president of institutional advancement.

Turner began Monday, and the job will run at least through June 30.

He will be paid about $29,00, Hubbard said.

University spokeswoman Antia Dawkins said Turner is tasked with helping to make S.C. State a “veterans friendly campus.”

Turner stepped down from the Department of Employment and Workforce’s top post March 1.

Turner said he resigned for personal reasons, according to The Associated Press. His resignation followed questions from legislators stemming from the agency’s decision to eliminate one-on-one help for people seeking benefits in 17 rural offices statewide.