- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina State University trustees have decided to name a member of their own board the university’s new president.

Trustees voted Wednesday to give James Clark a four-year term as president starting Friday.

Clark became a trustee last year after the Legislature and Gov. Nikki Haley fired the entire board because of mounting debt and financial mismanagement that put the school’s accreditation on probation. The university found out earlier this month it would keep its accreditation.

Board of Trustees Chairman Charles Way says Clark didn’t seek the job, but fellow trustees noticed over the past several months he was perfect for the job. Way says a full nationwide search for a new president would be difficult.

Clark is a businessman who served 18 years as a trustee at Benedict College.

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