The College of South Carolina president has resigned after he plagiarized a 2014 commencement speech by a Navy SEAL who was in control of the mission to take out terrorist chief Osama bin Laden.
President Bob Caslen sparked controversy after he copied the remarks made by retired Admiral William McRaven throughout a graduation speech at commencement ceremonies final week.
Through the speech on Might 7, Mr Caslen made issues worse by referring to his faculty as ‘the College of California‘, a blunder which induced the gang to audibly gasp.
The damning errors made throughout the speech on the college’s Williams-Brice Stadium sparked anger among the many viewers, with many calling for his resignation.
College of South Carolina President Bob Caslen sparked controversy after he copied the remarks made by retired Admiral William McRaven throughout a graduation speech at commencement ceremonies final week
Caslen has resigned after he plagiarized a 2014 commencement speech from Admiral William McRaven (pictured), a Navy SEAL who was in control of the mission to take out terrorist chief Osama bin Laden
Mr Caslen, a retired three-star normal and West Level superintendent, mentioned he was ‘really sorry’ after admitting to have plagiarized a commencement speech made by Adm. McRaven in 2014 on the College of Texas in Austin.
Amid the backlash, the President provided his resignation on Monday to the college and it’ll go into impact in the present day.
‘I’m really sorry,’ mentioned in an announcement seen by Military.com. ‘Throughout my remarks in our weekend graduation ceremonies, I shared a well known quote from Admiral William McRaven and didn’t cite him as its unique writer and speaker.
‘I used to be trying to find phrases about resilience in adversity and, after they had been transcribed into the speech, I failed to make sure its attribution. I take full duty for this oversight.’
‘I sincerely apologize to Admiral McRaven, somebody I do know and respect; our graduates; their households; and the whole college neighborhood for not main by instance,’ he added.
Through the speech on Might 7, Mr Caslen made issues worse by referring to his faculty as ‘the College of California’, a blunder which induced the gang to audibly gasp
President Bob Caslen has resigned
Through the plagiarized speech, Mr Caslen, 67, mentioned in his concluding remarks: ‘Know that life shouldn’t be truthful and, if you happen to’re like me, you may fail usually.
‘However if you happen to take some dangers, step up when instances are hardest, face down the cowardly billies and raise up the downtrodden, and by no means, by no means quit – if you happen to do these issues, the subsequent era and the generations to comply with will reside in a world much better than the one now we have in the present day.
‘And what began right here in the present day will certainly change the world for the higher.’
This part of his speech is almost phrase for phrase of Adm. McRaven’s 2014 speech, which has been considered over 13 million instances on Youtube. Adm. McRaven has been counseled for overseeing the SEAL raid that killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
Mr Caslen additionally induced a stir when he congratulated the graduates as ‘the latest alumni from the College of California’, which drew groans from the viewers.
Realizing his mistake, he advised the gang: ‘I owe you push-ups.’
‘Seems he was most likely not the appropriate match to run USC,’ Eddie Floyd, the longest-serving trustee on the USC board, advised The Post and Courier Newspaper in Colombia.
The newspaper reported that Mr Caslen had delivered the identical plagiarized remarks throughout a minimum of one different ceremony the next day.
Mr Caslen had provided his resignation over the weekend, however Board chairman Dorn Smith rejected the transfer. However regardless of this assurance, he referred to as Mr Smith on Monday to say he was resigning.
‘He simply thought it was time to go, and I believe that he was involved concerning the help of the college and the scholars and everybody else,’ Mr Smith mentioned. ‘We’re disillusioned with the best way issues labored out.’
‘I believe Bob Caslen did a fantastic job at a protracted of issues that he will not get credit score for,’ Mr Smith added. ‘I believe he dealt with the Covid disaster fabulously. And it is simply unlucky that there have been some missteps that had been nicely publicized.’
Mr Caslen mentioned in an announcement that he believes he has ‘misplaced’ the belief of these within the college neighborhood.
‘Belief is crucial ingredient of efficient management, and when it’s misplaced, it’s practically not possible to steer,’ Caslen mentioned in an electronic mail to college students and employees.
‘I imagine that’s the case proper now between the College of South Carolina and its president. Due to this fact, I’ve submitted my resignation to the Board of Trustees this night, Might 12, and so they have accepted it. This resignation is efficient Might 13, 2021.
‘I’m sorry to these I’ve let down. I perceive the tasks and better requirements of senior degree management. When these usually are not met, belief is misplaced. And when belief is misplaced, one is unable to steer.’
Former College of South Carolina President Harris Pastides will now develop into the interim president and take over on Might 14.