A South Carolina panel agreed Wednesday to pay new College of Charleston president Glenn McConnell $188,000 in state salary.
The lieutenant governor was chosen by college trustees Saturday to succeed George Benson, who is leaving after seven years at the end of June.
Benson earns $379,000 -- $179,000 in state salary and $200,000 from the college foundation.
McConnell's state salary was decided by the Agency Head Salary Commission, chaired by Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman, that includes lawmakers and gubernatorial appointees.
How much McConnell will receive from the College of Charleston foundation and his start date remains under negotiation, a school spokesman said.
McConnell, 66, earns $46,565 as the second-highest ranking politician in the state.