Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell will announce Monday whether he plans to seek another term or concentrate on trying to become the next president of his alma mater, the College of Charleston, his campaign adviser said Friday.
The Charleston Republican has made up his mind and is drafting an announcement over the weekend, political strategist Richard Quinn said.
Quinn would not reveal the decision, citing how McConnell has surprised him with last-minute reversals in the past.
McConnell, then the leader of the state senate, was elevated to lieutenant governor by constitutional mandate in 2012 after Ken Ard resigned.
McConnell considered resigning his senate leadership post to avoid taking over the less powerful lieutenant governorship, which has a role in helping the state's aging population.
But McConnell has said he liked working on solutions to what he calls the "tsunami" of South Carolinians reaching age 60.
Still, he also covets the prospect of leading College of Charleston, which is trying to become more of a research university like South Carolina and Clemson. A dorm on the Charleston campus is named after McConnell.
A search committee is taking applications through Jan. 14 with a list of presidential finalists coming a month later.
McConnell, 65, had said he wanted to make a decision about his future by the end of 2013.
The school's timetable for a decision approached the June primary where McConnell already would face at least one challenger, Pat McKinney, a Charleston developer and ally of Gov. Nikki Haley.
If he chose to try for the college job, McConnell said he wanted to give another candidate enough time to mount a campaign.
Meanwhile State Rep. Ralph Norman, R-York, said Thursday that he would not run for lieutenant governor after meeting with McKinney last week.
Norman told CN2 this week that McKinney was a "great guy."
"He and I are both business people. ... We have similar goals and similar things that we wanted to accomplish," Norman told the news channel. "In my mind, I've never wanted a job if somebody else can do it as good or better. With him, I think he will do that and I will get behind him."
State. Rep. Bakari Sellers, a lawyer from Bamberg County, is the only Democrat who has announced a run for lieutenant governor.