Battle For “College Of Knowledge”
Former S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford and S.C. Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell (RINO-Charleston) are both actively campaigning for the president’s job at the College of Charleston (a.k.a. the “College of Knowledge”), sources tell FITS.
And while McConnell – a powerful former State Senate leader – appears to have the early advantage, board members at the institution have serious reservations regarding each prospective candidate for the six-figure post.
“No one is happy with how this is unfolding,” a source close to the board’s deliberations tells FITS. “There is a lot of frustration over the lack of a true search process.”
In McConnell’s case, one of the main sticking points is his unabashed love for the Confederate States of America – manifested in the expenditure of tens of millions of tax dollars on projects related to the H.L. Hunley submarine. McConnell also enjoys dressing up like a Confederate general in his spare time, a habit which has produced some incredibly awkward and controversial photo opportunities.
You know, like this …
Yeah … good luck attracting minority students with that guy as your president.
There is also reportedly trepidation on the part of College of Charleston board members regarding McConnell’s position on the school’s rumored merger with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Such a merger will be uniformly opposed by lawmakers loyal to the state’s two largest government-subsidized institutions – the University of South Carolina (USC) and Clemson.
We’re told McConnell has assured board members that he fully supports the merger – however state lawmakers who have spoken with him are telling us a different story.
“He’s always going to be loyal to what the legislature wants,” one source told us.
McConnell would also be hard pressed to leave the lieutenant governor’s office after he made such a big stink of “fulfilling his constitutional duty” by accepting the office.
“So much for his constitutional commitment,” one Palmetto political observer told FITS, referring to McConnell’s active lobbying for the College of Charleston job.
Despite all of these reservations, many believe McConnell could wind up being the school’s next president.
Meanwhile Jenny Sanford – who has been calling board members in an effort to line up support for her candidacy – faces an uphill climb due to, among other things, her abrasive personality.
“The former first lady is not well-liked in Charleston,” a source familiar with the board’s thinking tells FITS.