By: Ryan Fullam
South Carolina State President Thomas Elzey told students he would do everything in his power to help save the university. He was defiant against a sub-committee vote to shut down the university for one academic year to get its finances in order.
"We are looking at a bankrupt institution. No one takes any pleasure in recommending this," State Representative Jim Merrill said Monday during the sub-committee hearing.
The South Carolina legislative black caucus also voted Wednesday to call for the removal of President Elzey.
South Carolina State's Board of Trustees had an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss financial issues including enrollment and retention of students. The board went into a executive session to discuss financial issues privately.
Board Chairman William Small reiterated this will be a long process. He asked for patience while they look into every possible solution to these financial problems.
"This board is totally committed to doing its work thoroughly and complete. And the reason why some matters were put off today was because the store and range of issues we have to deal with will not permit the full and complete discussion," Small said.
South Carolina State students are unsure about their future at the university and must confront the possibility of the school being shut down for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Sophomore Jordan Beagal is looking at options.
"I'll probably have to attend college somewhere else for the next two years. I'm a sophomore now, so probably another school in South Carolina, but I really do not know," Beagal said.
Beagal did stand behind President Elzey and believes that he is still the right man for the job, and he is doing his best to help the university.
"Yes I support the President. I think he has been doing a good job and I hope he will be able to continue to lead our university out of these issues," Beagal said.
The sub-committee's proposal to shut down South Carolina State now moves to the House budget committee. If passed there, the bill will move the full House and then it must also be approved by the Senate.