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SC State University names James E. Clark as new president

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ORANGEBURG, SC (WACH) - South Carolina State Board of Trustees have named the 12th president in the school's history.

James E. Clark was named the new president by the Board of Trustees and his contract will go in to effect July 1.

Interim president Franklin W. Evans submitted his resignation Wednesday to pursue his personal and professional goals.

"James Clark has precisely the skills, experience and character we need to lead SC State today," said Board Chairman Charles Way Jr.

Clark is a native of Columbia and MIT graduate. He was the vice president of a division of AT&T and has also worked for Gillette, Exxon and General Electric.

Clark has served on the Benedict College Board of Trustees and served on the SC State Board of Trustees over the past year.

Way added that Clark did not seek the position, but the board nominated to lead the university. Way also praised the denaturing Evans.

"We have balanced the budget, exceeded enrollment goals and increased alumni giving and faculty grants. Interim president Dr. W. Franklin Evans and the entire SC State family contributed significantly to the university's success," said Way.

Evans also was key part in the university securing accreditation.

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