UPDATE | New board appointed for South Carolina State University

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina State University has a new board of trustees.

The governor signed a law last week firing the old board and assigning herself and six other state officials to name new members. Lawmakers were angry the school's debt could reach $23 million by this summer.

The new board is:

-- Milton Irvin, chairman of New York investment bank CastleOak Securities.

-- Doris Helms, a retired professor, associate dean, provost, and vice president at Clemson University.

-- Jeff Vinzani, a Charleston attorney

-- Charles Way, businessman and former state Commerce Secretary.

-- Donnie Shell, former football player at SC State and in the NFL and a Carolina Panthers executive.

-- James Clark, businessman and trustee at Benedict College.

-- Steve Swanson, College of Charleston School of Business board member.

(Copyright 2015. Associated Press.)



Thursday, May 7, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill to fire the remaining trustees at South Carolina State University is on its way to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk.

Haley has said before that the Legislature needed to act quickly to help out the state's only public historically black college.

Both the House and Senate agreed Thursday to a compromise worked out the day before.

Seven Republicans will each get to name one trustee to the new board. They are Gov. Nikki Haley, Superintendent Molly Spearman, Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman, Senate Education Committee Chairman John Courson, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brian White, and Rep. Jim Merrill, Ways and Means' higher education subcommittee chairman.

The new board must be named within seven days of the bill becoming law.

(Copyright 2015. The Associated Press.)



Thursday, May 7, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A committee of House and Senate members has agreed to a compromise on a bill firing all trustees of financially troubled South Carolina State University and replacing them with a fix-it board.

The sticking point between the chambers' versions had been who gets to appoint the temporary board.

The compromise committee agreed Wednesday on the seven officeholders who will choose. All are Republican.

They are Gov. Nikki Haley, Superintendent Molly Spearman, Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman, Senate Education Committee Chairman John Courson, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brian White, and Rep. Jim Merrill, Ways and Means' higher education subcommittee chairman.

Both chambers are expected to approve the compromise Thursday, sending it to Haley's desk.

A new board must be in place a week later.

(Copyright 2015. Associated Press.)