Outside review recommends changes to UofSC’s Board of Trustees

Outside review recommends changes to UofSC’s Board of Trustees
The review was requested from the Association of Governance Boards after a lawsuit was brought by one trustee against the board regarding their search for a new president. (Source: WIS)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A report from a consulting firm regarding the University of South Carolina’s Board of Trustees was recently released.

The review was requested from the Association of Governance Boards after a lawsuit was brought by one trustee against the board regarding their search for a new president.

The report laid out a few key issues to address.

One of those is that the trustees are mostly elected by legislators, making it a political model instead of one of fiduciary governance -- or one based on trust, instead of on political party leanings.

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The review also found a lack of diversity on the board and input on board decision-making.

AGB also believes the board is primarily focused on the university branch in Columbia, rather than the university as a whole.

They believe the board requires more accountability in how it governs.

Read the full report here (story continues below):

The Southern Association of Colleges also released a report earlier this month, from their own investigation, saying they found irregularities in the search for a new president.

They believe there was undue influence from Gov. Henry McMaster during the selection process.

Here is that report in full:

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