SC State begins search for new president

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina State University has begun the search for a new president, less than a week after the school's board refused to renew President George Cooper's contract.

The State newspaper reported the five-man presidential search committee met by teleconference behind closed doors Monday. A school spokeswoman says no decisions were made in the 20-minute meeting.

A new president would be the school's third in three years. Andrew Hugine sued the school after his contract was not renewed in 2007.

Cooper's attorney, Donald Gist, has said the 7-4 decision not to renew Cooper's contract was illegal and he is considering suing.

Information from: The State,

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