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      2 SC State trustees send joint resignation letter to state leaders

      Two trustees have resigned from the board at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.

      ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Two trustees have resigned from the board at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.

      Columbia attorney Matthew Richardson and retired Gen. Walter Johnson sent a joint resignation letter Monday to Gov. Nikki Haley, House Speaker Bobby Harrell and Senate President Pro Tem John Courson.

      Richardson and Johnson wrote that the board could not effectively govern and asked state leaders to install new members.

      The school has had a number of issues in recent months including a criminal investigation, the firing of eight high-level employees and the resignation of the university president. State lawmakers have considered legislation to address the situation by either replacing the entire board or reducing its size.

      Last month, hundreds of students, faculty members and alumni gathered for a forum to discuss the school's future.

      (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)