Shortly after the July 4th holiday, alumni, faculty, donors and students of the University of South Carolina expressed outrage after a member of the UofSC Board of Trustees reported momentum was building to hire General Robert "Bob" Caslen as the new president of the University.
During interviews with finalists in April, the Board decided to pass on hiring a new president at that time to open up the search process to get a new set of finalists, after controversy erupted over the fact all finalists were men and students and faculty expressed displeasure with remarks made by Caslen. After the Independence Day holiday, however, the public was made aware of efforts by Gov. Henry McMaster to urge trustees to hire Caslen this summer.
In the end, the Board voted to hire Caslen on July 19 by an 11-9 margin, and he will assume office on Aug. 1st. Rose was joined by other Democrats, donors, and alumni in his opposition to the move.
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