UofSC president announces resignation, effective May 13

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 11:38 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen has announced that he will be resigning from the position.

The resignation goes into effect on May 13.

Caslen made the announcement in a letter to students, faculty, and staff stating:

“Trust is the most important ingredient of effective leadership, and when it is lost, it is nearly impossible to lead. I believe that is the case right now between the University of South Carolina and its president. Therefore, I have submitted my resignation to the Board of Trustees this evening, May 12, and they have accepted it. This resignation is effective May 13, 2021.

“I am sorry to those I have let down. I understand the responsibilities and higher standards of senior-level leadership. When those are not met, trust is lost. And when trust is lost, one is unable to lead.

“I am also grateful for the numerous letters, tweets, and texts of support from so many students, faculty, parents, and other constituents. Your trust and confidence mean more than you know – thank you.

“I wish only the best for the future of the University of South Carolina, and its students, faculty, staff, and alumni.”

This decision comes following his controversial commencement speech in which Caslen failed to cite well-known sources. Caslen also congratulated the graduates of the University of California, rather than saying South Carolina.

Caslen previously offered to resign on Tuesday, May 11, but the university declined.

University of South Carolina Board of Trustees Chair C. Dorn Smith III announced that former UofSC President Harris Pastides has agreed to serve as interim president.

The board will vote to confirm Pastide’s interim role on Friday, May 21.

The search for a permanent president will be initiated immediately.

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