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Super Bowl winner named to S.C. State board

Donnie Shell
Donnie Shell Division II Football Hall of Fame

Lawmakers appointed two more interim S.C. State University trustees on Tuesday, including a four-time Super Bowl winner.

Three of the seven temporary board members have been named to help turnaround the state’s only historically black public college, which has a $20 million deficit and is struggling to keep its accreditation.

Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill last week firing the current board at the 119-year-old school in Orangeburg.

Donnie Shell, who played football at S.C. State before going on to a 14-season NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was named Tuesday as an interim trustee by Senate Education Committee Chairman John Courson, R-Richland. Shell, who lives in Rock Hill, won four pro titles as a safety with the Steelers.

Steve Swanson, who has run Wall Street trading technology firms and donated $2.2 million to his alma mater College of Charleston, was appointed to the S.C. State board by Rep. Jim Merrill, a Berkeley Republican who chairs the House higher education budget panel.

Haley appointed retired investment banker Milton Irvin last week.

The remainder of the appointments must be made by the end of the week, according to the new law.

Remaining appointments will come from: Senate Finance Committee chairman Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence; House Ways and Means Committee chairman Brian White, R-Anderson; state Treasurer Curtis Loftis, R-Lexington; and state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, R-Saluda.

The interim S.C. State trustees will serve into mid-2018.

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