South Carolina State University’s Board of Trustees voted Thursday to reinstate Dr. George Cooper as president. The vote in the special board meeting was taken a little more than two weeks after the board of trustees voted 7-to-4 not to renew Cooper’s contract.
However with Thursday’s arrival of two new board members, the board’s previous decision of removing Cooper was reversed by an 8-to-5 vote, and the appointment of Greenville judge Merl Code as interim president was revoked. Cooper’s critics say he did little to respond to a decline in enrollment and fundraising.
Cooper will continue his tenure at S.C. State effective immediately. He says he plans to focus on increasing student enrollment, working with state government officials to increase state appropriations, and enhancing the overall mission and vision of South Carolina State.