James B. Holderman

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James B. Holderman
Holderman and Reagan at the University of South Carolina (cropped).jpg
Holderman (left) and President Ronald Reagan in September 1983
President of the University of South Carolina
In office
1977–1990
Preceded byWilliam H. Patterson
Succeeded byArthur K. Smith (acting)
Personal details
Born(1936-01-29)January 29, 1936
Morris, Illinois, U.S.
DiedApril 3, 2021(2021-04-03) (aged 85)
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Alma materNorthwestern University

James "Jim" Bowker Holderman (January 29, 1936 – April 3, 2021) was an American academic. He was the president of the University of South Carolina from 1977 to his resignation in 1990.[1]

In 1990, Holderman resigned from the university after it was revealed he had been misusing university funds.[2] He pleaded guilty in state court for using his office for personal gain and no contest to tax evasion. He was accused of sexual harrasment in 1992.

Holderman was later convicted of bankruptcy fraud and sent to federal prison and was later arrested in an FBI sting operation in 2003 for attempting to launder drug money and sell student visas. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison.[3]

Holderman died at a retirement home in Columbia, South Carolina on April 3, 2021 from cancer, aged 85.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Smothers, Ronald (4 July 1990). "Education, Carolina Educator: Bold Leader or Big Spender?". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  2. "James Holderman's Wife Accuses Him of Physical, Emotional Abuse". AP NEWS. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  3. Krasky, Lou. "USC's James Holderman: From president to criminal". thestate. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  4. Jim Holderman, controversial former USC president, dies at 85