ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina State University trustees have decided to name a member of their own board the university’s new president.
Trustees voted Wednesday to give James Clark a four-year term as president starting Friday.
“James Clark has precisely the skills, experience and character we need to lead SC State today,” SC State Board of Trustees Board Chair Charles S. Way, Jr. said.
Clark became a trustee last year after the Legislature and Gov. Nikki Haley fired the entire board because of mounting debt and financial mismanagement that put the school’s accreditation on probation. The university found out earlier this month it would keep its accreditation.
“To fulfill the commitments we made in securing accreditation and strengthening further SC State’s financial condition, we need a leader with proven success in meeting these kinds of challenges,” Way noted. “James Clark knows how to build and lead teams to success. He has had an outstanding career in business, a long-time involvement with higher education in South Carolina and a close association with SC State.”
Way says Clark didn’t seek the job, but fellow trustees noticed over the past several months he was perfect for the job.
“I am honored to have this opportunity,” Clark said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with SC State’s outstanding faculty, staff and alumni to enhance every aspect of this important university,” Clark added.
Clark is a businessman who served 18 years as a trustee at Benedict College.
Interim President Franklin Evans resigned.