Haley appoints general to higher ed post

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley has appointed a retired Air Force general and former University of South Carolina administrator to lead the state's Commission on Higher Education.

Brig. Gen. John Finan is again coming out of retirement to take a leading role in state government. He ran the Department of Employment and Workforce for a year and a half. Former Gov. Mark Sanford appointed him interim director in 2010 following a law that revamped the unemployment agency.

Finan says he's grown tired of playing golf and wanted another role.

He replaces former Chairman Ken Wingate, who resigned in August after his four-year term ended.

The commission consists of 14 members appointed by the governor. The terms of all but two have expired.

Haley campaigned on changing how public colleges are funded.