South Carolina State University President George Cooper scored a 2.86 out of a possible 5 on this year's performance evaluation, earning the equivalent of a D+ for the second consecutive year.
The score demonstrates only a slight improvement over last year, when he earned a composite score of 2.56.
The university's board chairman was mistaken Thursday when he refused to release a copy of evaluation to the media, said university attorney Ed Givens. Board Chairman Jonathan Pinson has apologized for the error, Givens said.
After Thursday's meeting, Jay Bender, an attorney for the South Carolina Press Association, said withholding the document was illegal under the state's open records law.
The university's board last year refused to release Cooper's evaluation. But an individual board member subsequently released it to the media.
After that evaluation, the board refused to renew Cooper's contract, effectively firing him. A board with two new members rehired Cooper two weeks later.
The board never filed that document with the state.
Individual board members' appraisals of Cooper's performance vary widely according to rating sheets released today.