Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell will not seek another term and instead push to become president at his alma mater, the College of Charleston.
McConnell has said he wanted to make a decision since the college’s presidential search timetable conflicts with the June primary. A new president to succeed George Benson will not be named until around March.
“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. For those reasons, I have decided I will not be a candidate for re-election. And I will instead formally offer my name for consideration to the College of Charleston.”
McConnell’s political influence built over more than three decades in the state legislature, including a decade leading the senate, is expected to give him an inside track. Several Lowcountry lawmakers back his candidacy, and most school trustees are appointed by state lawmakers.
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If he gets the college post, McConnell’s salary will spike. He earns $46,545 a year as lieutenant governor. Benson makes nearly $380,000 in annual state pay and supplement salary from the college foundation.