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McConnell administration begins at CofC

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

After nearly three decades in the Statehouse, former Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell has officially taken on the role as the College of Charleston president.

His contract took effect Monday morning. Chief of Staff at the College of Charleston Brian McGee says the rest of the day will be pretty low-key, with President McConnell working inside his office. McGee says there won't be a swearing in ceremony.

President McConnell is arriving on campus with criticism from some faculty, staff and students. Many oppose the McConnell administration because of his support of the Confederate Civil War and his lack of academic experience.

McConnell welcomes this criticism, saying he looks forward to reaching out to the folks who don't want him there and changing their opinions.

He will be the 22nd president at the College of Charleston after taking over for George Benson.

The former South Carolina Lieutenant Governor signed a 5-year contract with the college.

In that time, there are two major things on his agenda.

First, he aims to up the percentage of minority students enrolled. Right now, the College of Charleston is about 6% black. He hopes to change that.

Also, President McConnell hopes to expand the college into a comprehensive research university that offers doctoral degrees.

The board of trustees made the official decision to put him in office at the end of May.

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