SC State board votes to terminate President Thomas Elzey

SC State board votes to terminate President Thomas Elzey

South Carolina State University President Thomas Elzey has been fired from the university following a vote by the Board of Trustees.

The vote comes shortly after a judge gave the school the thumbs up to fire Elzey after the president filed for injunction against the school in an effort to keep his job. The board voted 6-1 with three members abstaining.

Elzey was unable to survive calls for his ouster from the Legislative Black Caucus, other state lawmakers, and even SC State's most famous alum, Congressman James Clyburn, who said Elzey should never have been president to begin with.

Board of Trustees members voted to hire Elzey as the school's 11th president in April 2013. Elzey came to SC State as The Citadel's former senior, non-academic vice president.

Elzey came in to the university just as the school began to realize the depth of its financial troubles.

Despite that, Elzey vowed to right the ship.

Elzey said he inherited a lot of problems at SC State and he deserved more than 18 months to try and turn things around.

"It's going to be extra hard to make that goal now since all this negative news has come out but we're going to work to try and correct all of that," Elzey said.

More on this story as it develops.

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