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STATE HOUSE: William Hubbard running again for USC seat

William Hubbard, the second-longest tenured member of the University of South Carolina board of trustees, said he is running again for his seat next year.

Hubbard will receive a challenge from former U.S. attorney Pete Strom, who believes the state's flagship college has gone away from its mission of educating South Carolinians and not done enough to stem rising tuition.

Hubbard said the university is educating more South Carolinians than ever -- though that has come from USC's record enrollment as the school added students to counter falling state funding.

The Columbia attorney with the Nelson Mullins firm said the school has assembled the best administration during his 27-year stint on the board that includes four years as chairman from 1996-2000.

"I feel like I have helped put the university in the right direction," he said.

Hubbard said his year-long duties as president of the American Bar Association that starts 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. A new USC law 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, the longest-serving board member.