Front-runner for University of South Carolina president drops out

State News

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The front-runner in the search for the University of South Carolina’s next president has decided not to pursue the job.

Purdue University engineering dean Mung Chiang said he’s decided to stay with Purdue and focus on family instead.

The Post and Courier first reported Chiang was a top pick by the University of South Carolina search committee Dec. 4.

The school has been looking for a new leader since May.

That’s when then-President Bob Caslen resigned amid controversy over a commencement speech in which he plagiarized someone else’s remarks and misidentified the school as the “University of California.”

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