Haley angers black legislators over board removal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has angered black legislators by removing the only black member on the Medical University of South Carolina board and replacing her with a white man.

Some black legislators said Wednesday that Haley clearly doesn't care about diversity. She is South Carolina's first female and first minority governor as an Indian-American.

Earlier this month, Haley removed Dr. Paula Orr of North Charleston, the only black and only woman on the medical school's board. She was replaced with dentist Harold Jablon of Columbia.

Orr has been the governor's designee to the board since July 2003.

Haley spokesman Rob Godrey says Jablon has extensive ties to the school and a record of military service and leadership. He says Haley does not consider race or gender when making appointments.

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