S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley Angers Black Legislators over Medical School Board Removal

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has angered Black legislators by replacing the only Black member on the Medical University of South Carolina board with a White man.

Some Black legislators said Wednesday that Haley doesn’t care about diversity. She is South Carolina’s first female and first minority governor as an Indian-American.

Earlier this month, the governor replaced Dr. Paula Orr, a Black woman, with dentist Harold Jablon of Columbia, who earned a doctorate degree from MUSC’s dental school in 1971. The move left only White men on the medical school’s 14-member board.

Orr, owner of Charleston Women’s Wellness Center, had been the governor’s designee since July 2003.

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