SC State trustee: Entire board should be replaced

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A longtime trustee at South Carolina's largest historically black college says the school's board should be replaced.

Maurice Washington told The State of Columbia for a story Sunday that three years' of conflict with presidents, accreditation troubles and a pending state audit of how the school used federal funds show South Carolina State University's board is not functioning properly.

But chairman Jonathan Pinson says he and other trustees want to move the university past its leadership problems that began in 2007 when the board refused to renew the contract of then-president Andrew Hugine and had to pay $60,000 to settle a lawsuit.

The board voted this June to fire Hugine's successor, George Cooper, then less than a month later reversed itself when two trustees opposed to Cooper were replaced.

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