Holderman resettles in Lexington residence

There are 20 comments on the The State - South Carolina story from Jul 7, 2006, titled Holderman resettles in Lexington residence. In it, The State - South Carolina reports that:

Former USC president James Holderman has moved to a Lexington County apartment community that caters to retirees.

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GW Reed

Columbia, SC

#1 Jul 11, 2006
James B. Holderman did many good things for USC and Columbia.
Please forgive his inadequacies, we all have them, and allow him to live in peace. If not for him, for his family!
BEV W

Bolingbrook, IL

#2 Sep 26, 2006
i have known jim holderman since we were in high school...i worked for his father as secretary for almost 20 years and still work for the holderman family today...jim was always very generous with me, a good friend, and i will always think highly of him...we all make mistakes, he has paid for his, and i wish him all the best in life now.
Mimi

Mesa, AZ

#4 Jan 25, 2007
What's this all about? I've been gone too long.
GW Reed wrote:
James B. Holderman did many good things for USC and Columbia.
Please forgive his inadequacies, we all have them, and allow him to live in peace. If not for him, for his family!
GW Reed

Columbia, SC

#5 Jan 31, 2007
BEV W wrote:
i have known jim holderman since we were in high school...i worked for his father as secretary for almost 20 years and still work for the holderman family today...jim was always very generous with me, a good friend, and i will always think highly of him...we all make mistakes, he has paid for his, and i wish him all the best in life now.
Hi Bev W, I worked for JBH for 7 years. I also knew His Honor when he would visit S.C. One day, I predict, that JBH will be remembered at USC as one of it's most effective and capable college presidents! He and his entire family were good for USC and S.C.--GW Reed
GW Reed

Columbia, SC

#6 Jan 31, 2007
Mimi wrote:
What's this all about? I've been gone too long.
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Just that JBH has paid for his mistakes and now he has retired to the Midlands. He is not a well man. Though he cannot leave his residence, I hope he will be able to visit with his 8 (I think) grandchildren.
E Pearce

Florence, SC

#7 Jan 31, 2007
Let Jim alone He paid his dues
michelle

Gilbert, SC

#8 May 18, 2007
jim holderman is a good man and a friend of mine.he did great things for usc and everybody needs to think of good things that he did and not the bad things.so what people make mistakes he paid for his what about the others there that have made mistakes and not paying for them.i think he was great for usc.he is sweet man and very very sick(health wise).leave the man alone and let him live the rest of his life in peace!!!!
Harold

Cleburne, TX

#9 Jul 2, 2007
Jim Holderman was a lying, thieving, crooked old goat. It has been clearly established that he violated the law, not just once in the 1980s, but more recently with this 2003 sting. I was at the university when it was VERY well known that he had inappropriate sexual liaisons with male "interns" (does no one remember the famous "lavender bathrobe" scandal?).
tammy

United States

#10 Jul 24, 2007
Old Goat indeed! I, too, was at USC when he was busted, and vaguely remember male "interns" discussing his creepy romantic overtures, and something about inappropriate use of private jets for trysts. Pray tell, what's the lavender bathrobe scandal? I read somewhere that when he was busted again in 03, his lil condo was totally decked in gamecock swag. That man really adored the cocks!
Tracy

Burlington, NC

#11 Jul 26, 2007
I knew James Holderman well once upon a time. He was not gay, nor does he deserve this kind of pilloring. Please leave him alone.
Lonewolf

Leesville, SC

#12 Aug 7, 2007
Several people say:"He is a good man" A "good" man would not conduct himself in the manner that he did.A mistake is something that is done innocently,not with forethought.
Validated

Bainbridge Island, WA

#13 Oct 12, 2007
I was a reporter for The Gamecock, the school paper and once during an interview about school monies and tuition and he literally put his hand over my pencil and told me that I could not write what he'd said. He'd already told me that so I was jotting down some other notes to myself that were not quotes of what he'd said but he didn't even bother to see that. I was very young and impressionable and thought he was so rude. Now I know he was carrying on illegalities and it makes me feel so validated. Too bad I wasn't the one to catch him but I knew something was odd. What a sad thing that he cast such a pall over the school with his misdeeds.
Former USC Student

United States

#14 Nov 2, 2007
I have read everyone's statements - and all are valid. I agree that calling him "good" is not right. I also think that he has to be disturbed. I mean - the guy resorted to low-end larceny. He stands out as probably the most self-destructive guy in the world.

Not a good man, just a very emotionally ill one. He should be allowed peace of mind, however.

FUS
Swampfox

United States

#15 Nov 2, 2007
Former USC Student writes, "Not a good man, just a very emotionally ill one. He should be allowed peace of mind, however."

I agree with what you say.
USC Alumni

United States

#16 Apr 7, 2008
Glancing up at my framed degree hanging on my office wall with Jim Holderman's name at the bottom simply turns my stomach. I had a friend who ended up in Holderman's little intern 'group' and wound up with an eating disorder as a result. My friend's entire personality changed our senior year while he was working for Holderman as a result of this experience. So don't tell me 'he's a good man'. The man was disturbed and the University should have stepped in much sooner than they did.
USC Gamecocks

Irvine, CA

#17 Jul 3, 2008
There was a point in the mid 80's that he could do no wrong. When the story broke about the spending involved with Anwar Sadat's widow it was the beginning of the end. The intern stories were fairly widespread when I as at Carolina in the mid-80's. An amazing fall from grace for the guy. Hopefully he's getting his life in order.
JPS

Windsor, NJ

#18 Dec 5, 2008
As a USC student in the 80's, I remember Holderman as the youthful 'golden boy' who could do no wrong. I was foolishly proud to be at such an institution.

By the late 80's I remember hearing rumbles & rumors of marginally acceptable activities.

I've been in higher education since leaving USC, and I will say one thing: All of the college presidents with whom I've worked have been corrupt & dishonest.

Now, ain't that a piece of work?
copperlady

Blythewood, SC

#19 Dec 5, 2008
This no doubt is a gay coummunity with lots and lots of young college guys!
Deborah McAtee Chasteen

Athens, GA

#21 Aug 14, 2009
He stole from a poor state. His grandiosity and mendacity are unequaled. His misconduct with the "Holderclones" is unconscionable. Does this retirement community take only Medicare? Holderman should have no other source of health care once he pays back the state. Harsh? Not hardly. He blew his wad on heated towel racks.
Guest

Lexington, SC

#22 Aug 21, 2009
I am the person that washed the "lavender bathrobe" in question. Let me be the first to tell you, I have NEVER seen that much FECAL matter in my life !! jeez ! Has ol man Holderman never heard of CONDOMS ! The thought makes me gag, still to this day !

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