USC board member ouster prompts rally at Statehouse

Darla Moore (Photo: USC)
Darla Moore (Photo: USC)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The University of South Carolina board member ousted by Gov. Nikki Haley plans to address students rallying for her reinstatement.

College officials say financier and benefactor Darla Moore will talk to supporters at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in the Russell House ballroom. It will be her first public appearance since Haley removed the school's top donor from its board.

Former student body president Taylor Cain made the announcement Wednesday during a rally at the Statehouse. Fewer than 200 people attended.

Haley replaced Moore with Lexington lawyer Tommy Cofield, who gave $4,500 to Haley's campaign.

Moore has pledged $70 million to her alma mater in irrevocable trusts. USC's business school carries her name.

Rally organizer Katherine Muller called on Cofield to step down. Cofield did not immediately return messages Wednesday.

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