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S.C. State starts search for new president

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By Ashley Heffernan
Published Feb. 15, 2016

S.C. State University has started a nationwide search for a new president.

W. Franklin Evans has served as acting president since former president Thomas J. Elzey was put on leave in February 2015 and fired the following month. The Orangeburg university’s board of trustees was also fired, and new trustees were appointed in May.

S.C. State sign cropS.C. State University’s board of trustees created a search committee and will hire an executive search firm to find the school’s 12th president. (Photo/S.C. State University)

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Board chairman Charles S. Way Jr., former state secretary of commerce, created a presidential search committee last week to assist the board in identifying the institution’s 12th president, according to a news release.

Members of the committee are:

  • Trustee Doris Helms, a retired provost from Clemson University
  • Trustee Milton Irvin, a retired investment banker from Hilton Head Island
  • Trustee Donnie Shell, a 1974 S.C. State University graduate and former Pittsburgh Steeler
  • Trustee Steve Swanson, a Lowcountry entrepreneur and investor
  • Trustee Jeff Vinzani, an attorney at Graybill, Lansche and Vinzani LLC

The presidents of the S.C. State University National Alumni Association, Student Government Association, Faculty Senate and Staff Senate will also serve as ex-officio, nonvoting members on the committee.

“I am confident that this committee will identify a seasoned, inspirational and innovative leader who will do great things for the university and the state of South Carolina for years to come,” Way said in the release.

The committee will hire an executive search firm to conduct a nationwide search, the release said.

Reach staff writer Ashley Heffernan at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyBHeff on Twitter.

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