COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The University of South Carolina’s presidential search committee announced four finalists to succeed President Harris Pastides as the next leader of the college.
The finalists will participate in a series of forums for students, faculty, staff, and community members, which started on Monday.
At the open forum portion of Monday’s schedule, a few students read a letter in protest of the presidential selection process.
“I think we need to know the full story about why it is that females were not in the semi-finalist pool and why females were not in the finalist pool. I also think the Board of Trustees needs to reconsider the committee that they formed," UofSC senior Megan Rigabar said. "If you form a committee that’s almost entirely male and then you have pools of semifinalists and finalists that are one hundred percent male, that doesn’t seem right to me. There are qualified women out there and we know this because in the last two months alone, a handful of universities in the area have actually appointed females as their president.”
Presidential candidate Joseph T. Walsh Jr., held his forum on campus Monday. He responded by saying he hires for excellence and he believes when you hire for excellence you get a diverse staff.
The other candidates will visit each day through Thursday during this same time. They include Dr. William Tate of Washington University, Lieutenant General Robert Caslen, Junior from the University of Central Florida, and John Applegate of the Indiana University system.
You can see the letter reading in the below video: