Several African-American members of South Carolina’s House of Representatives are slamming Gov. Nikki Haley for replacing The Citadel’s lone black board member last week with a white campaign donor.
However, the former trustee that Haley replaced says he does not think the move should be seen as controversial.
On Monday, several members of the Legislative Black Caucus criticized Haley for appointing South Carolina Bank & Trust senior vice president Greg Lapointe the Citadel Board of Visitors. He replaces Columbia construction executive James McQuilla, who was the first African-American on the board when former Gov. Mark Sanford chose him in 2009.
Haley appointed McQuilla to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education earlier this year. The governor only appoints one member of the Citadel Board of Visitors. Of the remaining 10, 7 are chosen by the legislature and 3 by alumni.
State Rep. David Mack (D-Charleston) said he thinks the governor should be sensitive to the board’s complexion. “In this day and age, to have an all-white Board of Visitors— when there’s a way to avoid it— is problematic.”