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SC State's new president will use passion for education in first term

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South Carolina State University's new president says he not only wants to see the university survive but thrive.

Last week, former trustee James Clark was appointed as the HBCU's 12th president.

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Clark says it's his passion for education and his background that made him accept the role as president of SC State.

Clark grew up in a time when it was not easy to get an education, so his passion comes from personal experience. Clark has held leadership roles in higher education in the past. He served on the Benedict College Board of Trustees for 18 years and has been chair of the University of South Carolina research foundation for three terms.

During his tenure, Clark says he will be passionate and straightforward.

"If you don't have some level of confidence doing a job like this, it's not what you should be trying to do," Clark said.

Clark will serve as president for the next four years. His term begins as the university finds itself re-accredited with SACS after two years on probation.

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