Despite Opposition, Gamecocks Pick Retired General As School’s Next President

A divided University of South Carolina board of trustees voted Friday to hire retired Army Gen. Robert Caslen as its next president.

After a rare contentious meeting, the school’s board of trustees rejected protests from faculty, some students and several politicians in choosing Caslen, the former superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The vote was 11-8. One board member abstained.

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