South Carolina’s Lt. Governor is leaving the political arena to pursue a place in the academic world. Glenn McConnell announced on Monday that he will pursue the presidency at the College of Charleston and not seek re-election.
McConnell has been a fixture in South Carolina politics for over three decades, including more than a decade leading the Senate. He is a College of Charleston alum. Current President L. George Benson has announced he will step down in June.“Any effort to pursue both goals at the same time is simply not an honorable path,” McConnell said in statement Monday. “It would not be fair to good candidates who may want to seek this office. Most of all, it would not be fair to the voters of South Carolina to ask them to support me for lieutenant governor if there is even a chance I might not remain in the campaign.”
US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that McConnell will be missed.
“He was a strong conservative voice for South Carolina who accomplished much for the people of our state during his years of public service,” he said.
A decision on the college’s next president is expected to be made in March, at the earliest.
Links: SC Lt. Governor Website