SC State names US Agriculture official new president

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Trustees at South Carolina State University have unanimously picked U.S. Department of Agriculture official George E. Cooper to be the school's new president.

Trustees said Friday that Cooper will start his new job July 1. He currently is the agriculture department's deputy administrator for Science and Education Resources Development.

Cooper has been with the agency for 17 years. He worked in the administration of Alabama A&M University in the 1980s, and received his doctorate in animal nutrition from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Cooper takes over for president Andrew Hugine, who was fired by trustees in December for poor performance in academics and not keeping up the university's infrastructure.

The university plans to introduce Cooper to its 4,500 students and professors next week.

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