Purdue engineering head won’t pursue S. Carolina university presidency

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Mung Chiang, the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue University. (Mung Chiang/Twitter)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The front-runner in the search for the University of South Carolina’s next president has decided not to pursue the job.

Purdue University engineering dean Mung Chiang says he’s decided to stay with Purdue and focus on family instead.

The Post and Courier first reported Chiang was a top pick by the University of South Carolina search committee Dec. 4.

The school has been looking for a new leader since May.

That’s when then-President Bob Caslen resigned amid controversy over a commencement speech in which he plagiarized someone else’s remarks and misidentified the school as the “University of California.”

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