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CSOL Hires New President



By FITSNEWS || The Charleston School of Law (CSOL) announced the hiring of Maryann Jones as its new president this week.

According to a news release from the law school, Jones will manage its executive functions while current dean Andy Abrams continues to oversee CSOL’s academics.  Prior to taking the post, Jones served as dean of Western State University’s law school.

“We are indeed fortunate to have an individual with the experience and expertise of Maryann Jones assuming a leadership position here at the Charleston School of Law,” Abrams said in a statement.  “Having previously played a significant role in our initial American Bar Association accreditation efforts and later in the establishment of our J.D./M.B.A. dual degree with the College of Charleston, her knowledge of legal education, in general, and the Charleston School of Law, in particular, will be invaluable at this pivotal time in the life of our law school.”

Pivotal … that’s for sure.

CSOL is in the midst of being sold to InfiLaw – an agreement which recently received a key blessing from a committee of the American Bar Association (ABA).  Unfortunately, South Carolina’s Commission on Higher Education (CHE) has yet to approve the license for the new facility.

Why not?  Well, some lawmakers seem to believe taxpayers should assume responsibility for the institution – a proposal we have adamantly opposed.

Others – led by S.C. Rep. Eric Bedingfield – have argued government has no business standing in the way of the agreement between these two private sector entities.

We concur with that assessment …

State government needs to stop standing in the way of this deal.  Our “higher education” system is already overextended and in dire need of being privatized – not expanded at taxpayers’ expense.