South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday she will fight giving South Carolina State University another dollar until school leaders come up with a plan to fix the university's troubled finances.
"We can't just give money because they say they need it," Haley said. "We've got to protect the taxpayers and this is a time South Carolina State needs to step up."
While Haley said she doesn't know whether the school should shut down, she said she has been waiting for six months for an explanation about how the school wound up in the mess it is in.
"I will fight one more dollar for going to South Carolina State until they hand over that information that we need to see," Haley said.
Haley wants auditors to look at South Carolina State's finances and enrolment numbers.
Haley was in North Charleston attending the grand opening of the new propulsion plant at Boeing on Wednesday, the same day that members of the state's Legislative Black Caucus called for the resignation of university President Thomas Elzey.
Elzey issued a statement a short time later saying he would not resign, adding that a presidential turnover would be detrimental to the University.
Meanwhile, many South Carolina State alumni expressed their frustration on social media, and some of them are calling on their fellow alumni to step up and make donations to save the school.