New USC president visits days after divisive search ends

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WASHINGTON – JUNE 27: U.S. Military Academy Commandant Brigadier General Robert Caslen listens as he testifies during a hearing before the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform June 27, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was focused on “Sexual Assault and Violence against Women in the Military and at the Academies.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The new president at the University of South Carolina is in Columbia visiting campus.

Former three-star Army General Robert Caslen said after trustees picked him to lead the school following a divisive search that he will listen to everyone at the school and seek their advice.

Caslen is in Columbia visiting the school and will talk to reporters Monday.

Students and professors opposed Caslen, saying the search for a new president was flawed and lacked diversity and that Caslen didn’t have a doctoral degree or research university experience.

Caslen spent five years as superintendent at West Point and 43 years in the Army.

Outgoing President Harris Pastides says strained relationships happen in all families and asked students and professors to work together with Caslen to heal and move the university forward.

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