ORANGEBURG – South Carolina State University President George Cooper and Reggie Lloyd, former director of the State Law Enforcement Division spoke to the media today, but provided no information on the firing of top administrators or an internal investigation being conducted at the university.

After a four-hour closed-door session with the university’s Board of Trustees, Cooper and Lloyd said they would not comment on the internal investigation until after it was complete.

Both declined to answer questions about whether the school was involved in a federal investigation.

The university hired Lloyd in December, but Cooper has refused to specify why Lloyd was hired.

Board chairman Jonathan Pinson did not attend the meeting, but did join the meeting via telephone. Vice chairman John Corbitt presided over the meeting. He said all questions about the firings and the investigation must go through Cooper.

But Cooper declined to answer any questions.

Sources with close ties to the university, who asked to remain anonymous, have said that as many as eight high-level employees were terminated Friday, including university attorney Ed Givens; Charles Smith, vice president for student affairs; and Michael Bartley, chief of police.

Givens did not respond to a request for comment. Smith and Bartley could not be reached for comment.

Read more in Friday’s editions of The Post and Courier.