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Lawmaker says its time SC State finds permanent president

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A state lawmaker says it’s time the South Carolina State University board of trustees find a permanent president to lead the financially troubled Orangeburg school.

Media outlets report that Democratic Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter made the suggestion Tuesday during a meeting of a House subcommittee as members of the school’s board of trustees made a $128 million budget request.

About $12 million would be used to repay a loan the school was given in 2014.

The university now has an interim president and its interim board will be in place for three years. Cobb-Hunter said its time the board find a permanent president to provide continuity at the historically black university.

Board Vice Chairman James Clark says the board will take up the search at its next meeting.

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