South Carolina State University fires president amid low enrollment at historically Black university

South Carolina State University’s board of trustees voted to fire college President James Clark on July 13, ending a five-year tenure that had been marred by recent criticism that the former AT&T executive had not done enough to salvage the historically Black university’s enrollment struggles.

In a brief statement, board chairman Rodney Jenkins said the majority of the board had voted to terminate Clark for cause effective immediately.

“The Board thanks President Clark for his service to South Carolina State University over the last five years of his term and wishes him much success in his future endeavors,” Jenkins said.

Clark’s lawyer, Donald Gist, told The Post and Courier that Clark was “shocked and dismayed” by the board’s actions, saying they had offered no substantive explanation to the public for their decision.

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