Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina State University Trustee Dr. Doris Helms said the search for a new president at the school has been delayed.

During Monday’s Interim Board of Trustees Meeting, Helms said the state is getting involved with the search and wants to choose search firms to assist choosing presidential candidates.

Helms said the state was not willing to allow the school to find their own search firms.

“We don’t need the same search firm that Wofford needs or that Clemson needs or that Yale needs,” Board of Trustees Chairman Charles Way said during the meeting. “I feel that this is a situation that we don’t fit into the box.”

Way said he will try to speak with the chair of the Senate Education Department, the Chair of the House Subcommittee on Education, and the Education Superintendent to see if they can get this changed so that the university would play a bigger role in finding the firm to help with the presidential search.

Helms said the presidential search committee has a request for proposal to solicit search firms ready to go.

She also said that there are no current prospects for a new university president and that the state’s involvement sets the search back about a month late.