South Carolina State, working to cut $5.8 million amid a year of leadership turmoil and falling enrollment, has lost another trustee.
Greenville businessman Jonathan Pinson resigned last week to spend more time with his family, a school spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Pinson stepped down as a chairman in February soon after the state's only historically black public university fired eight key staff members and just before school president George Cooper announced his resignation and a former SLED chief said he found undisclosed criminal issues at the college.
Pinson remained on the board as three other trustees have departed.
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State lawmakers tried removing all or some trustees this year.
Meanwhile, two trustees had claimed to head the board until a vote late last month put former educator Walter Tobin in charge.
Pinson, the owner of Professional Staffing Solutions in Greenville and Memphis, has Columbia-area ties in co-owning the Hilton Convention Center Hotel and Travinia’s Italian Kitchen Restaurant.