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Glenn McConnell is the 22nd president of the College of Charleston. He became president on July 1, 2014.
A native of Charleston, S.C., and a distinguished alumnus of the College of Charleston, McConnell served more than 30 years in the South Carolina Senate. He is regarded as one of the most respected, influential, and effective leaders in state government.
During his legislative career, McConnell earned a reputation as a skilled parliamentarian and mediator able to forge political compromises between opposing sides and bring people together. As the incumbent Senate President Pro Tempore, he ascended to the office of Lieutenant Governor on March 13, 2012 upon the resignation of former Lieutenant Governor Ard and vacancy of the office.
Honoring his oath of office and upholding the State Constitution, he took over the part-time position of Lieutenant Governor and head of the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging. As chief advocate for seniors and adults with disabilities, his work with aging programs has received recognition and awards, both statewide and nationally.
McConnell also has long been a driving force behind economic development initiatives in South Carolina. On behalf of the State of South Carolina, he played a leading role in negotiations that resulted in the Boeing Company’s decision in 2010 to build a 787 Dreamliner assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C.
As an undergraduate student at the College of Charleston, McConnell served as Student Body President and as a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1969. He went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1972 and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar that same year. He holds honorary degrees from the College of Charleston, the University of Charleston, the Citadel Military College of South Carolina, Francis Marion University, and the Medical University of South Carolina