Students and alumni of the University of South Carolina plan to rally at the State House Wednesday to protest Gov. Nikki Haley’s decision to replace Darla Moore on the university’s board of trustees.
“The idiocy of it just leaves me floored,” said Katherine Muller, a 1990 USC graduate who planned the rally, set for noon to 2 p.m. on the State House’s north steps.
Moore, who has pledged a combined $80 million to USC and Clemson University, is the largest single benefactor in USC history.
USC’s highly regarded Darla Moore School of Business is named in her honor. Clemson’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education was named in her father’s honor after she pledged $10 million to give that school.
But Moore’s financial pledges were not enough to keep Haley from replacing her with a campaign contributor, Lexington attorney Tommy Cofield.