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Glenn McConnell

Posted: January 16, 2014 8:54 a.m.
Updated: January 17, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Camden and Kershaw County have had a long, pleasant relationship with the College of Charleston. Countless students from this area have attended school in the Holy City, and there aren’t many people who have gone there and not liked it. So it was particularly interesting when Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell announced he would not seek re-election but would instead throw his hat in the ring to become president of the College of Charleston.

McConnell, perhaps the most powerful man in the state when he served in the S.C. Senate, became lieutenant governor through a strange set of circumstances, including the resignation of the former lieutenant governor. Most observers believe he wouldn’t have given up that job and gone for the college presidency if he didn’t have the votes lined up on the school’s board. What he will bring is a dose of practicality and reality, something that isn’t always present on campuses.

Academicians don’t always live in the real world. There is an insular, idealized atmosphere on campuses that doesn’t always reflect a wider society. McConnell, with his political skills, will no doubt be able to navigate that territory while still operating practically. We’ve always believed academia could learn a thing or two from business people and politicians (and perhaps vice versa). McConnell seems an ideal person to put the principle to work. He knows how to get things done, and he should -- assuming he’s chosen of course -- do a jam-up job for the College of Charleston.

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