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February 14, 2014

POLITICS: CofC leader urges ‘put aside speculation’ in presidential search

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The chairman of the College of Charleston trustees responded Friday to reports that Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell was not among the list of top finalists to succeed outgoing President George Benson.

In a letter emailed across campus, Greg Padgett, who also heads the presidential search committee, said: “In a confidential search process, it is always possible that speculation will lead to incorrect information. I ask you to put aside speculation and rumors that you may hear or read, and to know that the process put in place will result in the board of trustees, with the input of the College of Charleston community, identifying the best person to serve as the next president of the college.”

Padgett did not name McConnell in the letter, but his candidacy has been source of controversy on campus because he does not have the academic background many professors prefer.

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