Tuesday, February 24, 2015

South Carolina: A State University Puts Its President on Administrative Leave

New York Times
February 23rd, 2015

Trustees of financially troubled South Carolina State University unanimously voted Monday to place President Thomas Elzey on administrative leave. The closed-door vote took place 11 days after trustees said they were standing behind their president. But since then, lawmakers have rapidly lost their patience with the state’s only public historically black university and its $11 million of debt. Mr. Elzey has nearly three years left on his contract, and it was not immediately clear whether he would be paid. The Feb. 12 statement of confidence in Mr. Elzey came after a State House committee suggested temporarily closing the school to get its finances in order and the Legislative Black Caucus called for the removal of the president. Since then, the State House Ways and Means Committee advanced a proposal to replace all trustees and fire the president.

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