On June 29, The State presented an important and timely editorial about S.C. State University (“S.C. State needs more than a Band-Aid”). I found myself in full agreement until near the end, when the writer offered an outlook toward solutions.
Giving credibility to “a group of S.C. college presidents” as the appropriate body to resolve the university’s woes is a misguided tactic. An ad hoc committee is unnecessary when state government has an existing agency responsible for resolving precisely such matters.
The Commission on Higher Education coordinates all public colleges and universities statewide. The men and women who serve on the commission are committed citizens with the interests of public higher education at heart. In fulfilling their service, they must cooperate with the legislative and executive branches. It seems more than passing strange for the commission to be ignored in considering measures to address the emergency or chart the future course for S.C. State.
Expecting a special task force or working group that has no accountability for helping S.C. State University succeed is a judgmental error.
James E. Sulton Jr.