Palmetto Sunrise: S.C. State University’s emergency meeting

South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. Grace Beahm/Staff

COLUMBIA — After a two-day saga in the legislature over South Carolina State University’s future, the school’s Board of Trustees called for an emergency meeting this morning.

S.C. State and its president have been under extreme scrutiny since a House panel advanced a measure that would close the financially troubled school for at least three semesters. On Wednesday, a second House panel advanced the proposal, just hours after the Legislature’s Black Caucus took a no-confidence vote on S.C. State President Thomas Elzey’s leadership.

On Wednesday evening, the board announced it was holding an emergency meeting at 11 a.m., Thursday, following the 9 a.m., board committee meeting. According to the agenda, it will be an executive session to discuss “legal advice.”

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Ways and Means Proviso Subcommittee, Rep. Kenny Bingham, R-Cayce, echoed fellow lawmakers’ concerns that the university has given the legislature misinformation and continuing changing information.

He added Elzey was hired to fix S.C. State’s financial woes, but has not told the truth about its state of affairs.

“He has not righted the ship in any way, shape or form,” Bingham said. “The school is going to go bankrupt. You cannot do nothing. I cannot justify any more money to go to that institution.”


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