SC State Board of Trustees Gives Final Approval on President’s Contract

Friday, November 20, 2020


Board seals deal for James E. Clark to lead the university for another two to four years


“The board values its working relationship with President Clark and this administration,” said Jenkins. “We are committed to working together and supporting this president so that we can complete our mission to make SC State University the best it can be. It’s so important that we keep our institution strong because SC State is the way forward for so many students who might otherwise not go to college.”


Clark will receive an annual salary of $195,000, as set by the State of South Carolina, plus benefits, including health and life insurance, annual leave, sick leave and an automobile. The university will also provide $50,000 in a discretionary fund for the president’s use in cultivating business and community partnerships, tickets to university athletic events and $25,000 to renovate certain university spaces. Clark’s contract term ends in June of 2022, however, the president and board will meet in January of 2022 to discuss an extension of the contract.


“President Clark’s passion for this university has not waivered since his first day of service on the interim board,” said Donnie Shell, vice chairman of the board. “He carries that same energy and passion into his role as president, and I look forward to continuing to work with him.”


“We have our sleeves already rolled up, and we are continuing the good work we started,” said Clark. “Expect some major announcements very soon that will have a major positive impact on our institution. There are so many exciting things on the horizon for SC State, despite the challenges we faced with the onset of a global pandemic. We are preparing to welcome students back for the spring semester, and we are working hard to make sure their experience is a stellar one.”