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NAACP hoping to sink Glenn McConnell's bid for CofC president

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

NAACP says Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell is the face of the Confederacy in South Carolina.

McConnell is one of three finalists being considered to replace outgoing president George Benson.

Students are also speaking out against McConnell hoping to block his bid for President of the College of Charleston.

McConnell says he`s well qualified for the college presidency and defended his record on diversity.

"I say you cannot hire someone who diminishes the pain of my ancestors and elevates to honor those who inflicted the pain and expect me to accept that," said Reverend Nelson B. Rivers, III, vice president of stake holder relations of the national office of the NAACP.

Leaders of the NAACP made their opinion clear during a press conference Monday afternoon.

"He is not qualified according to their criteria," said Rivers.

Some students agree chanting "Glenn is not our man."

Diversity was the big concern for everyone.

College of Charleston student Arvaughnna Postema, said "I will be graduating soon and one of the things that I desire to see in College of Charleston is the effort for more diversity."

Many people at the rally say McConnell's hobby of dressing up as a solider when taking part in Civil war re-enactments is enough to take him out of the running.

"Confederate costumes, it doesn't really support the ideas of diversity that the college has come to focus on and embody and support," said Syllvie Baele, College of Charleston student.

McConnnell says he has no regrets.

"The college is about teaching, it's about important facts, history is part of who we are and that's what living historians do," said McConnell.

The NAACP says what McConnell calls heritage, is offensive to them.

Rivers said, "He will be a step back and not a move forward."

McConnell said, "I should not be judged by their rhetoric but by my record."

The Lt.Governor says his voting record speaks for itself.

McConnell said, "I've helped increase the number of black judges across South Carolina, I was one of the key legislators who got funding for private black colleges out of the lottery funds."

If McConnell is picked, the NAACP will protest and rally at the college.

"That's a shame that they will try to hurt that issue. I thought that they would want to solve the problem and increase diversity, why would you want to hamper diversity if that's what you're complaining about," said McConnell.

Many in the community are now watching and waiting for the college to pick its next leader.

All three candidates will be visiting the campus this week.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Candidate: Dr. Dennis "Jody" Encarnation

1:30 p.m. Faculty meeting in Alumni Hall

2:45 p.m. Students meeting in the Stern Center Ballroom

4:00 p.m. Non-Instructional Staff meeting in the Stern Center Ballroom

5:15 p.m. Faculty and Staff who were unable to attend the previous afternoon sessions as well as Alumni and the Public also welcome to the meeting in Stern Center room 205

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Candidate: Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell

1:30 p.m. Faculty meeting in Alumni Hall

2:45 p.m. Students meeting in the Stern Center Ballroom

4:00 p.m. Non-Instructional Staff meeting in the Stern Center Ballroom

5:15 p.m. Faculty and Staff who were unable to attend the previous afternoon sessions as well as Alumni and the Public also welcome to the meeting in Stern Center room 205

Friday, March 14, 2014

Candidate: Provost Martha Saunders

1:30 p.m. Faculty meeting in Alumni Hall

2:45 p.m. Students meeting in the Stern Center Ballroom

4:00 p.m. Non-Instructional Staff meeting in Alumni Hall

5:15 p.m. Faculty and Staff who were unable to attend the previous afternoon sessions as well as Alumni and the Public also welcome to the meeting in Stern Center room 205

Each session will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

The College of Charleston released a statement asking you to keep an open mind about the finalists for president.

Statement from Greg Padgett, Chair of the Board of Trustees

In examining the records of the candidates for president of the College of Charleston, it would be surprising if there were not differences of opinion about their experience and qualifications. That is why presenting the candidates to the campus and the community, and receiving feedback about each candidate, is a critical part of the search process.

Each candidate for the position deserves a chance to meet and talk openly with the campus community about his or her qualifications. The campus community in turn deserves the opportunity to hear how each candidate would address the challenges and opportunities that face the College of Charleston in the coming years.

The selection of the next president will be made with the complete knowledge and understanding of that person's professional qualifications and leadership abilities, and with the input of the entire College community. It is my hope that all parties to this important decision will keep an open mind and listen carefully to each candidate.

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