Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence in President of Historically Black South Carolina State University

By a vote of 19-3 the faculty senate at historically black South Carolina State University has passed a resolution of no confidence in George Cooper, the university’s president. The resolution claims that President Cooper has not consulted the faculty, has not provided strong financial oversight, and has not stated a compelling vision for the educational institution.

When presented with the resolution, Jonathan Pinson, chair of the board of trustees, stated he did not believe the views of the faculty senate reflected those of the faculty as a whole. Pinson said that the board continued to support Dr. Cooper and his administration.

Dr. Cooper became president of SCSU in July 2008. Previously he was an administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He had taught at Alabama A&M University and Tuskegee University.

Dr. Cooper is a graduate of Florida A&M University. He holds a master’s degree from Tuskegee University and a Ph.D. in animal nutrition from the University of Illinois.