SC State's Cooper refuses to give details on personnel changes

George Cooper

GRACE BEAHM

ORANGEBURG – South Carolina State University's President George Cooper was set to make to make a statement to the media about rumors that several of the school's high-ranking employees had been terminated.

But he backtracked on that decision.

Anthony Holloman, the university's vice president of institutional advancement, handed a prepared statement to members of the media. Then, he said neither he nor Cooper would answer questions.

The statement said that several personnel changes were being made effective immediately, and that the university does not comment on personnel matters.

Holloman refused to answer who was terminated, why they were let go and whether law enforcement officials are involved in his decisions.

Students from the university's student newspaper, The Collegian, said there's a buzz on campus and on social media about possible firings. They had hoped to get answers to some questions, and were disappointed, but not surprised, that the school did not release more information.

In his prepared statement, Cooper said there would be a full report in the future.