The University of South Carolina's Board of Trustees could be stripped of its lone black member when the General Assembly votes at noon today.
But after two weeks of telephone calls and drop-in visits to legislators, that black trustee, Rock Hill attorney Leah Moody, and her supporters seemed confident Tuesday she could retain her seat.
"We feel like we have a lead going into tomorrow," said Sen. Darrell Jackson, D-Richland, one of Moody's prime backers. "I'm confident. I think she's going to win."
Candidates need a majority, 86 votes, in the 170-member General Assembly to win appointment to a board position, which is unpaid but coveted because it offers an opportunity to shape one of the state's largest and most important institutions.
Moody, appointed to USC's board by Gov. Mark Sanford in September, is being challenged by fellow Rock Hill attorney and pharmacist Marvin "Alton" Hyatt Jr., who served briefly in the General Assembly.