Ousted trustee Darla Moore told USC students today that she does not plan to take her check book and go away.
Instead, Moore removed from USCs board by Gov. Nikki Haley said she would give the school $5 million to start an aviation research center named after Ronald McNair, killed in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.
Like Moore, McNair was a native of Lake City.
USC had sought the money from the state to, it said, capitalize on Boeings plans to build 787 Dreamliner aircraft in Charleston.
However, House budget writers, faced with a $700 million shortfall in state money, killed the request, which Haley opposed as premature.
Moore is USCs largest single benefactor ever. Her removal by Haley, who named a campaign donor to the USC board, has angered many USC students and graduates.