SC State University Fires President After Enrollment Drop
South Carolina State University's board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to oust James Clark as president.
Enrollment declined 43% from 2011 to 2019, according to the state Commission on Higher Education.
Clark is a former member of the university's board and became president of the historically Black university in 2016.
The university had faced financial troubles before Clark was hired. In 2015, the Legislature and then-Gov. Nikki Haley fired the entire board of trustees because of mounting debt and financial mismanagement that put the university's accreditation on probation.
The trustees have tapped Alexander Conyers, a retired U.S. Army colonel and vice president at S.C. State, to serve as interim president.