William Hubbard, the second-longest tenured University of South Carolina trustee, says he will run again for USC’s board next year.
Hubbard will be challenged by former U.S. Attorney Pete Strom, who thinks the state’s flagship college has drifted too far from its mission of educating South Carolinians and not done enough to stem rising tuition rates.
Hubbard said USC is educating more South Carolinians than ever as it has enrolled record numbers of students. Those students – and their tuition payments – have been added to counter falling state funding.
The Columbia attorney with the Nelson Mullins firm said USC now has the best administration that it has had during his 27-year stint on the board, including four years as chairman from 1996 to 2000. "I feel like I have helped put the university in the right direction," Hubbard said Tuesday.
Hubbard said his year-long duties as president of the American Bar Association, starting in August, will not interfere with his work on the USC board. He said leading the nearly 400,000-member organization will provide "an even greater opportunity to advance the university across the world."
"It’s a great platform for the law school," he added.
USC’s new law building school is scheduled to open in 2016.
Hubbard’s seat represents the 5th Judicial Circuit, made up of Richland and Kershaw counties.
Eight USC trustee seats are up for election by the General Assembly next year, including those currently held by Columbia attorney Thad Westbrook, retired Greenville banker Mack Whittle and Florence surgeon Eddie Floyd, USC’s longest-serving board member.