UofSC Board of Trustees meets, takes action on university business

The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees met virtually on Friday, June 19. Here’s a roundup of decisions they made during the teleconference.

Board unanimously passes resolution requesting renaming of Sims Hall

The Presidential Commission on University History unanimously passed a resolution that recommended the university’s Board of Trustees formally request permission from the General Assembly to remove the name J. Marion Sims from the women’s residence hall on the Columbia campus. Learn more from President Caslen’s letter to the Carolina community.

University operating budget approved for fiscal year 2020-2021

The board was presented with the projected budget for 2020-2021, in which tuition remained flat and measures were included to mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more from President Caslen’s June 19 message.

Board approves variety of committee actions

In meetings throughout June, board committees recommended actions that were approved by the full board at the June 19 meeting. These actions included new programs and certificates across the university system, a new committee structure for the board, several 2019 meeting minutes approval and the following contractual agreements:

  • An agreement between EBSCO and University Libraries to acquire 13,950 journal titles and 50 databases for a one-year period
  • An agreement between the university and Central Midlands Regional Transportation Authority (the COMET) for transit services on the Columbia campus. COMET will operate the university’s shuttle buses for 3 consecutive one-year periods beginning Sept. 1, 2020
  • An agreement between the College of Social Work’s Institute for Families in Society and COTIVITI Inc. for two software license agreements, which are used to evaluate Medicaid and the efficiency of Medicaid delivery systems in South Carolina
  • Amendments to the food service agreements at USC Aiken, UofSC Columbia and USC Upstate to reflect changes in food service between March 22 and July 22 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • An agreement between the School of Medicine Greenville and Pathology Consultants, Inc. to review, update and teach core pathology curriculum for first- and second-year medical students for a one-year period
  • An amendment to the master agreement between the university and Prisma Health, which reflects the transition from Palmetto Health to Prisma Health and extends the agreement, which expires in June

Approval issued for university’s strategic plan

In a process that began in October 2019, university President Bob Caslen presented the final version of the institution’s strategic plan, which also included input from faculty and staff.

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