SC State fires university president after enrollment drop

South Carolina News

The seal of South Carolina State University hangs in a stairwell in the administration building of the university in Orangeburg, S.C., in this July 22, 2014 photograph. University President Thomas Elzey, says the school has had to deal with what he called “a perfect storm” of problems including troubled finances and declining enrollment but said he feels things are leveling off and the university is getting back on track. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina State University has fired its president after a steep enrollment decline over the past decade.

The State newspaper in Columbia reports that the board of trustees voted Tuesday to oust James Clark from the role.

Clark was hired to lead the historically Black university in 2016 after serving as a member on the university’s board.

He has since faced criticism from alumni and faculty for dropping enrollment numbers and fundraising issues.

Enrollment declined 43% from 2011 to 2019, according to the state Commission on Higher Education.

The university had faced financial and management troubles before Clark became president.

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