SC State president will take pay cut
South Carolina State University President Thomas Elzey says that, amid the school’s financial trouble,s he will be taking a cut in pay.
The (Orangeburg) Times and Democrat reports the school faces a possible $2.2 million shortfall in tuition and fees by the spring semester.
Elzey has urged school workers to take voluntary furlough days and says he will be doing the same. State lawmakers must approve the furloughs.
A school spokeswoman says while Elzey will continue working, he will take a pay cut corresponding to furlough days.
The school has been working to improve its financial situation.
The Budget and Control Board this year approved a $6 million loan while a committee of current and former state college presidents has determined the university has an $18 million deficit.
Carolina Panthers owner funding Wofford arena
Wofford College is building a new arena and naming it after its benefactor, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.
The school said Richardson provided funds for the planned 92,000-square-foot facility that will include a 3,400-seat basketball arena and a 500-seat volleyball venue. The building also will hold locker rooms and other amenities. It will be adjacent to the north end of Gibbs Stadium, the Terriers football field.
Richardson is a 1959 Wofford graduate. His NFL team had held its summer training camp at Wofford since its debut season in 1995.
Construction on the building will start in fall of 2015 with the opening date scheduled for September 2017.
USC hosts ESPN executive’s talk on sports business
An executive with ESPN and the SEC Network spoke at the University of South Carolina about the business of television.
Justin Connolly is the senior vice president of college networks at ESPN. He delivered the annual Buchheit Family Lecture.
Connolly has worked for ESPN since 2003 as director of strategy and operations, vice president of distribution strategy and vice president of national accounts for Disney and ESPN.
The Buchheit Family Lecture Series was created in 2000 in honor of the late Phil Buchheit, former president and chairman of Mid-South Management Company and the former publisher of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
Compiled by Aaron Ransdell