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Lt. Gov. McConnell not seeking new term, pursuing CofC presidency instead

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell (Source:SCGOV) Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell (Source:SCGOV)

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell has decided to leave state government to pursue the presidency of the College of Charleston, his alma mater.

In a statement released Monday, McConnell said the decision will allow him to focus on his duties as lieutenant governor in the remaining months he will hold the seat.

"But the most compelling reason I have chosen this course is because of my love for the College of Charleston and my belief that I can be of service to her in facing the complex challenges and capturing the opportunities the future holds," said McConnell.

"It would not be fair to good candidates who may want to seek this office," continued McConnell. "Most of all, it would not be fair to the voters of South Carolina to ask them to support me for Lt. Governor if there is even a chance I might not remain in the campaign."

"I will instead formally offer my name for consideration to the College of Charleston."

"I have no idea whether or not I will be successful. I only know that this is the honorable course for me to take. And I also know as a matter of faith that the right thing to do is always the best thing to do."

McConnell moved from Senate president to lieutenant governor in March, 2012 following the resignation of Ken Ard. Ard pleaded guilty to seven counts of violating the State Ethics Act.

McConnell said he would make formal application for the presidency of the College of Charleston in a few days.

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