The State newspaper reported that John Frampton said at a board meeting Thursday that chairwoman Caroline Rhodes asked him to leave after 37 years with the outdoors agency and seven years as its leader.
Frampton announced his retirement in October. After a closed-door meeting, the board agreed to let him stay until March.
Two board members say the majority of the board conspired in private to get rid of Frampton.
Gov. Nikki Haley appointed the majority of the board members after she was inaugurated in January. The governor’s office said it had nothing to do with Frampton’s retirement.