A Clemson University program that at least one legislator thought would be better suited for state government was recommended to receive nearly $450,000 in state funding last week.
The S.C. Commission on Higher Education got approval from the Joint Other Funds Oversight Committee on Jan. 19 to present a request to the Office of State Budget for $445,240 for Clemson’s “Endowed Chair in Sustainable Development,” part of the SmartState program.
In late November, the committee recommended $868,199 for Clemson‘s sustainable development chair. In order to request state funds for an endowed chair, an institution must have non-state matching funds on hand.
If the latest amount is approved by the Office of State Budget, Clemson will have $1,313,439 in state funds, plus an equal amount in private funds, for its sustainable development chair.
Established in 2002, the SmartState program uses state lottery money and non-state matches to pay for high-priced professors and research centers at the state’s three public research universities – the University of South Carolina, Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina