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Welcome Messages

“I am honored to welcome President-Elect Glenn McConnell to the College of Charleston and, in a different capacity, to the Higher Ed community. Glenn McConnell’s deep and abiding love for his alma mater, his leadership and vision of the great future that beckons the College of Charleston bodes well for our state. I am thankful for the privilege of working with him in the General Assembly and getting to know firsthand what a man of principle, honor, integrity and fairness he is. I encourage The College of Charleston family to give him a chance and get to know the Glenn McConnell that I know. The College’s gain is most definitely in my opinion, the South Carolina General Assembly’s loss.”

Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter
South Carolina House of Representatives


Glenn McConnell“Driving growth and defining tomorrow are integral to the Chamber’s commitment to strengthen the Charleston region’s economic prosperity. Our collaboration with the College of Charleston is essential in providing our business community with the knowledge, resources and talent needed to foster growth. We look forward to working with Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell in his new role as President of the College, and are excited for our continued collaboration to enhance the region.”

Bryan Derreberry, President/CEO
Chris Fraser, Chairman of the Board
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce


“On behalf of the CRDA’s leadership and staff, I’d like to congratulate Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell on his new role as president-elect of the College of Charleston. The College is a key economic driver for our region and state, and it plays a key role in our global competitiveness. I look forward to partnering with Glenn and the College in marketing the Charleston region as a global destination for business and talent.”

David Ginn, President and CEO
Charleston Regional Development Alliance


“I am extremely pleased that Lt. Governor McConnell was chosen as the new College of Charleston President. Having worked with him for over thirty years, I know firsthand of his intellect, integrity and ability to bring together disparate parties; I know he will do an outstanding job.”

Senator Hugh Leatherman
South Carolina Senate


“Glenn McConnell has a proven track record of excellent leadership. His knowledge of Charleston and the state of South Carolina will be invaluable to the College of Charleston. I look forward to collaborating with Glenn on higher education endeavors in South Carolina. Glenn is a team player, and his integrity is beyond reproach. Congratulations and best wishes.”

Dr. Jairy C. Hunter, President
Charleston Southern University


“I'm delighted that such a vibrant and visionary leader has been selected as the new President of the College of Charleston. As a graduate of the College, Lt. Gov. McConnell has long demonstrated his devotion to his alma mater. His distinguished record of public service and the high regard in which he is held across the state will strengthen the school’s resources and reputation. This will be an exciting chapter for the College and I wish him much success.”

Ann Looper Pryor, College of Charleston Class of 1983
Publisher, Landscape Architecture Magazine
Managing Director, Publishing and Resource Development

American Society of Landscape Architects


“The College of Charleston Board of Trustees has selected an excellent leader to guide the College of Charleston as its President in Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell.  As a College of Charleston graduate, he understands, firsthand, the great heritage of the first municipal college in America and one of the great colleges in our country.  Senator McConnell is an excellent leader and a tireless worker.  I know he will guide the College of Charleston to even greater heights and work passionately with and for the students, faculty and staff so that the College of Charleston’s finest years are ahead.”

Joseph Riley, Jr., Mayor
City of Charleston


“On behalf of the entire campus, I welcome Glenn McConnell as the 22nd president of the College of Charleston. I look forward to working with him and continuing the kind of collaborations we have shared with the College of Charleston for many years.”

John W. Rosa, Lieutenant General, USAF (Retired)
President, The Citadel


“I extend my congratulations to Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell and welcome him to the Lowcountry higher education family. We have had a long standing and beneficial relationship with the College of Charleston’s President’s Office, and I look forward to enjoying a similar relationship with President-elect Glenn McConnell. There are many ways MUSC and CofC can support each other to benefit all those we serve.”

Mark S. Sothmann,
Interim President
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Medical University of South Carolina


“It is a great privilege to welcome Glenn McConnell as the new President of my alma mater. I have known Glenn for almost thirty years, and I have always found him to be a man of integrity, vision, honor and perseverance. His passion for history, along with his tremendous leadership skills, will undoubtedly serve the College well.”

Kurt Taylor, College of Charleston Class of 1984
Bishop Robert Smith Award Recipient
Charleston County Administrator


“As you take the helm of the College of Charleston keep these words of Martin Luther King, Jr. in mind: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” I look forward to learning from you as well as partnering with you to enrich higher education in the lowcountry.”

Dr. Mary Thornley, President
Trident Technical College