People Watch: Ex-West Point leader named president of USC despite protests

By: | July 24, 2019
Robert L. Caslen is the 29th president of the University of South Carolina.Robert L. Caslen is the 29th president of the University of South Carolina.

Robert Caslen, a retired three-star Army general, was named the next president of the University of South Carolina despite objections from students, faculty and donors who said the former West Point superintendent lacks the experience and personal skills to run the state’s flagship college. Read more.

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Rutgers University President Robert L. Barchi will step down after the upcoming school year. He has served the New Jersey institution for more than seven years. Read more.

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