Columbia, SC — I have been concerned about the derogatory letters concerning the College of Charleston’s board of trustees naming Glenn McConnell as president. I knew little about Lt. Gov. McConnell when he took over from the errant Ken Ard, but I was impressed that he took the job as a matter of principle, when it clearly was not in his own best interests to do so.
Once he took the job, he ignored politics and made the Office on Aging his mission. As a member of AARP’s executive council, I am very much aware of all he has done. I have seen him in action, and he is truly magnificent.
He has traveled the state, making everyone aware of the plight of the aged, the poor and the infirm, and he has set about making life better for seniors and everyone else in South Carolina, by establishing funding and helping people remain in their own homes and receive better care. He also has assisted families by providing respite care.
If he did all this in a job he never wanted, just imagine what he will do for his alma mater in the job he very much wanted. The College of Charleston is lucky to have such an amazing, honorable and committed leader, and I anticipate great days ahead for this fine institution.