Former S.C. first lady Jenny Sanford says she’s interested in the president’s job at the College of Charleston.
Sanford told The (Charleston) Post and Courier and Charleston City Paper on Thursday that she would be crazy not to look at the opportunity.
And she says that not all schools need to be led by someone with strictly an academic background.
The 50-year-old Sanford says her management skills from running her former husband Mark Sanford’s campaigns and working in the governor’s office gave her an understanding of higher education budgets and other state issues.
College president George Benson is stepping down next year after six years.
Sanford says while no one from the college community has approached her, she has been encouraged by friends and is waiting to see what the process is.
State Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston, told The Post and Courier that he has been encouraged by others to look at running the school. Limehouse said he’s heard that Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, a College of Charleston graduate, also has been considered for the job.
A college spokesman had no comment on candidates.
Benson’s annual salary is $379,498, with $179,498 of that coming from the state and $200,000 from the College of Charleston Foundation.
Staff writer Andrew Shain contributed