Robert Caslen has resigned as president of the University of South Carolina, effective today, The State reported.
“Trust is the most important ingredient of effective leadership, and when it is lost, it is nearly impossible to lead. I believe that is the case right now between the University of South Carolina and its president. Therefore, I have submitted my resignation to the Board of Trustees this evening, May 12, and they have accepted it,” Caslen said in an email. “I am sorry to those I have let down. I understand the responsibilities and higher standards of senior level leadership. When those are not met, trust is lost. And when trust is lost, one is unable to lead.”
Caslen admitted that he plagiarized a portion of the commencement speech he gave this year. He also ended one of his commencement addresses this year with congratulations to “the newest alumni from the University of California.”