Former SC State president sues school officials, asking for $1.7M in damages

Dr. James Clark was terminated by the university last July.

The former president of South Carolina State University is suing officials with the school for salary he says he’s owed from his time leading the school.

The lawsuit, filed this week by Dr. James Clark’s attorneys, is against the school’s Board of Trustees and several other officials tied to the school. It seeks $570,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages.

Clark led the school from 2016 until he was terminated in July of 2021. In the suit, he said he is owed a salary supplement held in an account by the Board’s foundation. This money, contained in a leadership fund, was in additional to his state-funded salary, and was supposed to pay him an additional $195,000 a year.

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