After a brief two years on the job, Dr. George Cooper is out as president of South Carolina State University. The University’s board of trustees voted seven to four Tuesday to fire Cooper. Cooper was elected as president by the same board in July 2008. After the five-hour meeting, Cooper said that he didn’t know what led to the firing. Cooper’s attorney said he was considering legal action against the board. The school’s finance director John Smalls was tabbed as interim president. Smalls will take over when Cooper’s contract expires June 30.
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