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Published on May 13th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Donnie Shell; Ex-NFL Star Named to SC State Interim Board

Orangeburg, SC – A former NFL star has been named as one of the interim trustees for South Carolina State University.

Senate Pro Tem John Courson announced Tuesday that he was naming Donnie Shell as his pick to sit on the panel. Courson, along with six other state leaders, have been tasked with selecting a group that will lead the school for an indefinite period of time.

Last week, the General Assembly approved a bill that fired the old board of trustees and called for this new board to be created within a week. Lawmakers said they’d lost confidence in the former board’s ability to pull the school out of its current financial crisis.

Shell played at South Carolina State University under legendary coach Willie Jefferies in the early 70s. He then went on to become a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1974-1987, where he was part of the famed ‘Steel Curtain’ defense. After football, he was an executive with the Carolina Panthers, and most recently has been the director of the Spiritual Life Center at Johnson S. Smith University in Charlotte.

Shell joins Milton Irvin, who was selected by Gov. Nikki Haley last week. Five more members must still be chosen.

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