At a recent meeting, school trustees said that additional financial support from the state could help address financial difficulties that are one area of focus for a forthcoming review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which placed the university on probation in June 2014. In June 2015, the SACS board will re-consider the accreditation status of the school.
On February 22, the trustees unanimously voted to place President Thomas Elzey on administrative leave.
Also last month, a South Carolina legislative subcommittee voted to close the historically black college for two years, starting July. Explaining the dramatic vote, legislators said that closing the school and firing all school administrators would provide an opportunity for the school to re-open at a later date with a concrete plan for eliminating a $17.5 million deficit. If enacted into law, the state would shut down the school until the 2017-18 school year, when it would re-open under new leadership.
Approximately 1,000 faculty members and 3,000 students stand to be impacted by any action taken by SACS or the South Carolina Legislature.
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