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McConnell: 'Let MUSC and CofC collaborate together'

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell has been selected the College of Charleston's 22nd president. On Sunday, he talked about the controversy and what's ahead for him and his alma mater.

McConnell said his first order of business is to reach across campus to students, faculty, and administrators and open dialogue with all those who opposed his candidacy. Then he wants to reshape the school and build research-based programs.

The College is a centuries old liberal arts college, but the vision of the new president could soon reshape its reputation.

"The College of Charleston already has an institution called the University of Charleston for which little to nothing has been done with. Why not activate that and create the graduate courses on the research end of what's needed for the community?" he asked.

McConnell says creating graduate programs will allow the school to build greater and stronger alliances with local colleges. That includes the Medical University of South Carolina.

"Let MUSC and the College collaborate together with the University of Charleston. The community is the winner. You don't have to go and force MUSC in," McConnell said. "It's kind of like the Claremont Colleges thing that was done in California. They have a series of independent colleges but together they form a consortium."

Something like that would create more opportunities for students at a more affordable cost, said McConnell.

"It will bring money, recognition, and support to the school because here is what I am concerned about: the model of just continuing to hike tuition on the backs of students is not a sustainable model. We are creating a generation of debtors," he said.

In the meantime, the lieutenant governor has until July to transition out of the second highest seat in the state and into the College's top position.

McConnell said he is meeting with the General Assembly on Wednesday to begin his exit plan and start the discussions about his replacement. 

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