South Carolina State University President George Cooper tendered his resignation Friday, effective March 30.
While Cooper told reporters in a press conference that his action was voluntary, it comes only two days after that the school’s Faculty Senate issued a statement calling for Cooper’s resignation. Faculty called the action necessary because they said the university was in a “state of crisis.”
The faculty gave Cooper a “no confidence” vote a year ago.
The school has been in a state of upheaval. Last month, Cooper fired eight high-level school officials, including its police chief and director of finance as part of an internal investigation. Cooper would not give any more specifics into the investigation Friday.
Cooper is getting a severance package worth $268,000 in non-state funds, according to the Charleston Post & Courier.
He has had a rocky relationship with the school. SC State’s board of trustees voted not to renew Cooper’s contract in June 2010, but a board with two new members did approve a renewal two weeks later.
Sheree Bernardi of Charleston affiliate WTMA contributed to this report