SC church-affiliated college names new president

DUE WEST, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina college that is the subject of a battle between a church and its board of trustees has named a new president.

Erskine College announced on its Web site Friday that 34-year-old David A. Norman was chosen unanimously by trustees to be the college's 15th president. Norman is a former religion professor who has been working for a higher education consulting firm.

He replaces Randall T. Ruble who had previously announced his plans to retire June 30.

The school of 600 students was founded in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Last year, the church tried to fire half the college's board and several trustees sued to block the move. The case is still in state court.

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