Lt. Gov. McConnell not seeking new term, pursuing CofC presidency instead

Published: Jan. 6, 2014 at 4:03 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2014 at 5:51 PM EST
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Lieutenant Governor McConnell announced Monday that he will not seek re-election as Lt. Governor and will instead focus on pursuing the possibility of becoming the next College of Charleston president.

Back in August, McConnell said that he had been approached by several College of Charleston alumni and trustees, gauging his interest for the job of president of the college. The current president, George Benson, is resigning effective in June.

"I have spent the past month weighing the decision about whether to seek re-election or to offer my name as a candidate for the presidency of the College of Charleston," McConnell said. "Any effort to pursue both goals at the same time is simply not an honorable path. For those reasons, I have decided I will NOT be a candidate for re-election. And I will instead formally offer my name for consideration to the College of Charleston."

McConnell is a graduate of the College of Charleston and has a campus dormitory named in his honor.

"I have no idea whether or not I will be successful," McConnell said. "I only know that this is the honorable course for me to take. And I also know as a matter of faith that the right thing to do is always the best thing to do."

McConnell said that during the months he has left as Lt. Gov., he will focus on the reform proposals that are being developed to help South Carolina's growing population of seniors without being distracted by a re-election campaign.

"The most compelling reason I have chosen this course is because of my love for the College of Charleston and my belief that I can be of service to her in facing the complex challenges and capturing the opportunities the future holds," McConnell said.

McConnell said that within a few days he will formally apply for the presidency of the College of Charleston.

"As a former director of the state Office on Aging, I have been impressed by Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell's commitment to assist our seniors," said State Treasurer Curtis Loftis in a statement released on Monday."Lt. Governor McConnell has honorably served the people of this state for more than forty years, and while he has chosen to now take a different path of service his impact on our state will be felt for years to come."

In 1980, McConnell was elected to represent the 41st District in the SC Senate. He served as Chairman of the Rules Committee and then as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2001, he was elected President Pro Tempore of the SC Senate.

In March, 2012, he became Lt. Gov. after the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Ken Ard. McConnell ascended into his new role as the incumbent Senate President Pro Tempore.

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