College of Charleston trustees announced four finalists Monday to succeed outgoing President George Benson, including Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell and former White House chief of staff Andrew Card.
The other finalists are Dennis Encarnation, a retired Harvard University professor, and Martha Saunders, provost at University of West Florida.
No timetable for a final selection was announced.
McConnell chose to end his three decade career in politics to concentrate on his efforts to lead his alma mater. He spent a decade leading the state Senate before being appointed lieutenant governor with the resignation of Ken Ard.
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Card is executive director in the Texas A&M University's provost office. He was acting dean of The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M. He was chief of staff to President George W. Bush and U.S. Secretary of Transportation for President George H.W. Bush. He is a University of South Carolina graduate.
Encarnation is an international business consultant after three decades of teaching at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School. He also is a College of Charleston alum and serves on the school's foundation board.
Saunders was president of the University of Southern Mississippi, her alma mater, from 2007 to 2012.
The trustees will develop a schedule for campus visits including meetings with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.