- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina State University’s interim president says the school is shutting down nine aging buildings to save money.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports (https://bit.ly/1fan7DC ) that Franklin Evans told trustees Thursday that all the buildings are heated by an old, inefficient boiler system and some have other problems.

The buildings include four dorms and the I .P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium. Evans says all the items in the museum will be moved to a different building.

University officials say the university could save up to $1.7 million a year closing the buildings.

Trustees said Thursday they have also changed Evans’ title from “acting president” to “interim president” as a vote of confidence in the job he is doing.

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