Bill to fire SC State trustees heads to Gov. Haley’s desk

COLUMBIA — A bill to fire the remaining trustees at South Carolina State University is on its way to Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk.

Haley has said before that the Legislature needed to act quickly to help out the state’s only public historically black college.

Both the House and Senate agreed Thursday to a compromise worked out the day before.

Seven Republicans will each get to name one trustee to the new board. They are Gov. Nikki Haley, Superintendent Molly Spearman, Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman, Senate Education Committee Chairman John Courson, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brian White, and Rep. Jim Merrill, Ways and Means’ higher education subcommittee chairman.

The new board must be named within seven days of the bill becoming law.

On Thursday, the Faculty Senate at S.C. State passed a resolution agreeing with the move, saying in part “... the South Carolina State Legislature and Governor will take responsibility in assuring that a well-qualified Board of Trustees, with financial resources, with a vested interest in the success and mission of South Carolina State University, and with a demonstrated understanding of the elements of successful leadership in higher education, be appointed to the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees forthwith.”