The South Carolina House of Representatives budget committee on Wednesday backed away from a plan that would close South Carolina State University for two years.
Instead, the Ways and Means Committee unanimously adopted a different proposal that would remove the school’s trustees and turn SC State’s management over to the State Fiscal Accountability Authority (formerly known as the Budget and Control Board). The proposal was included as part of budget language that will come before the full House next month.
SC State is the only public Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in South Carolina.
“(The board of trustees) are divided. Clearly, they’re divided beyond repair right now it looks like right now to us,” State Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Charleston, said during Wednesday’s meeting. “When all is said and done, we had to address the issues. And we came to the conclusion… it really is as bad or worse than what has been reported.”