Moore Speaking out at USC After Wednesday's Statehouse Protest - DatelineCarolina

Moore Speaking at USC After Protest Over Her Removal From Board of Trustees

Protestors signed cards asking Cofield to step down. Protestors signed cards asking Cofield to step down.

By:Courtney Khondabi

     More than one hundred protesters rallied outside of the South Carolina Statehouse Wednesday demanding Darla Moore's reinstatement to the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.

     The controversy over Governor Nikki Haley's decision to remove Moore, the business school's name-sake and largest ever benefactor to the university, and replace her with Lexington Lawyer Tommy Cofield, has been growing.

     Protesters held signs and signed large cards asking the governor to reinstate Moore, and asking Senator Tommy Cofield to step down.

     "Just stupid, more than one hundred million dollars has been removed from USC's budget in the last couple of years, then she makes the decision to remove the largest donor in USC's history," said USC Student Frank Heflin.

     Governor Haley's press secretary Rob Godfrey released a statement saying Haley and Cofield share the same vision for higher education.

     "Our new higher education funding formula, to accept more in-state students, and to lower tuition for South Carolina families," said Godfrey.

     Many protesters were skeptical.

     "We just wanna know what is this vision that Haley and Cofield share that is so different from Darla Moore's vision," said USC student Martha Morris.

     The rally seemed to get Darla Moore's attention.

     Darla Moore announced she will be speaking out for the first time in USC's Russell House Ballroom Thursday at 12:15 p.m.




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