ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) - Recently deposed SC State University president Dr. George E. Cooper was re-instated Thursday after an impromptu vote in a special Board of Trustees meeting.
On June 15, members of the Board of Trustees voted 7-4 not to renew Cooper's contract. However, with today's arrival of two new board members, Anderson attorney Robert L. Waldrep Jr. and alumna Patricia Lott, the board's previous decision of removing Cooper was reversed by a 8-5 vote, and the appointment of Judge Merl Code as interim president was revoked.
"I would like to thank Chairman Pinson and the members of the SC State University Board of Trustees who recently took a vote of confidence which allows me to continue as President of this great University. As President, I do not take this vote lightly as we reaffirm our mission as a land grant University and meet our highest goal-the educational needs of our students, who choose to attend SC State University," said Cooper.
Amid complaints from trustee Maurice Washington that Robert's Rules of Order were not being adhered to during the meeting, the board members voted to rescind Cooper's removal and strike the minutes from the meeting in which he was removed from power.
The University had named Merl Code the acting president while an official search was conducted.