Robert Louis Caslen Jr.

West Point superintendent Lieutenant General Robert Louis Caslen Jr. talks with senior Army players before an NCAA college football game against Fordham on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A University of South Carolina trustee and the mayor of Columbia are questioning whether a meeting of trustees Friday is legal.

The university announced Wednesday the special meeting to elect a new president.

But Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says that under state law, trustees must be notified by mail at least five days before a meeting.

Trustee Charlie Williams said he was notified of the meeting Tuesday.

Williams says Gov. Henry McMaster is pushing for the meeting to elect retired Army three star general and West Point Superintendent Robert Caslen as the University of South Carolina's new leader.

Trustees considered Carlen and three other finalists at an April meeting, but instead voted unanimously to continue the process and name an interim president after student protests and faculty complaints.

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