SC State won't release president's evaluation

George Cooper

ORANGEBURG – South Carolina State University’s board refused to release President George Cooper’s performance evaluation today, a move an attorney for the South Carolina Press Association says is illegal under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Jonathan Pinson, the board’s chairman, said at a board meeting today that the group has filed the document with the state’s Agency Head Salary Commission, but it will not release it to the media.

Cooper’s average score on his 2010 evaluation was 2.56 on a scale of 1 to 5, the equivalent of a D+.

After conducting that evaluation in June 2010, the board voted not to extend the president's contract, effectively firing him. A newly configured board rehired him as president about two weeks later.

The board never filed that evaluation with the commission. But a board member subsequently released the document to the media.

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