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COLUMBIA — A day after University of South Carolina trustee Charles Williams of Orangeburg said Gov. Henry McMaster wants a Friday vote on a new president, the board has scheduled a meeting for Friday.

The board will meet at 10 a.m. in the C. Edward Floyd Boardroom at the Pastides Alumni Center, 900 Senate St., Columbia. The agenda calls for a closed session on a personnel matter related to the presidential search. That will be followed by a public session for a presidential election.

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Williams, an Orangeburg attorney, said Tuesday that McMaster wants the Friday vote to hire retired Army three-star general and West Point Superintendent Robert Caslen to be the university's new president.

Caslen was one of four finalists in April, but trustees postponed a vote after students protested his lack of qualifications and a comment that binge drinking was a big factor in sexual assaults.

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No time for a special meeting has been announced and McMaster's office has not commented.

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Williams' comments were first reported by The State newspaper.

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