CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The current president of Charleston Southern University will step down next year, the school's Board of Trustees announced Tuesday.
Dr. Jairy Hunter, Jr. plans to tradition to president emeritus on May 31, 2018.
"Dr. Hunter's visionary leadership, tireless dedication and unwavering commitment to Christian higher education literally has transformed CSU into one of the best Christian Universities in the country," Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Jerry Williams said.
Hunter has been with the school for the past 34 years and plans to remain on the faculty to teach in the Graduate School of Business. He will also provide consulting and assistance in key areas such as strategic planning, external relations, resource development, enrollment and financial affairs, school officials say.
The board collaborated with Hunter over the past two years to develop a succession plan.
CSU officials say they plan to begin a search for a new president in February.