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.
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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.