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December 22, 2013

POLITICS: Does Glenn McConnell's Confederate support harm his College of Charleston chances?

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The (Charleston) Post and Courier reports some opposition has arisen about Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell's efforts to become president of his alma mater, College of Charleston.

McConnell has said he would decide around Christmas if he would seek the president's post or run for lieutenant governor.

Some state legislators are pushing hard for Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell to be hired as the next president of the College of Charleston, citing his leadership skills and a reservoir of respect built up over more than three decades as a state legislator.

But support is far from unanimous. At least two Charleston NAACP leaders question McConnell's credentials, saying that his longtime association with Confederate causes could present a negative image of the school to the state's minority students.

That's important because the percentage of minority students, especially black students, enrolled at the college is one of the lowest among the state's public colleges and universities. School leaders have been trying to turn that around in recent years, but the numbers are slow to move.

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