Public input sought for College of Charleston presidency search

Anyone interested can meet next week

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The fine, civic-minded people of Charleston have a choice to make on the evening of Nov. 6: provide their input on how South Carolina should deal with Obamacare, or offer suggestions about who they'd like to as the College of Charleston's next president. 

Next week, Bob Lawless, who runs the national search firm helping find the school's new leader, will be on campus Nov. 5 though Nov. 7, soliciting input about attributes the college should look for in whomever should succeed George Benson, who's leaving next year.

Lawless is scheduled to meet with student leaders, faculty and staff throughout his visit, but on Nov. 6 anyone can show up from 11 a.m. to noon, or 5:15 p.m to 6:15 p.m. at Alumni Hall to meet with him.

The presidency search has drawn unusual attention, largely because of the political names floating around as possibilities. They include former First Lady Jenny Sanford and Republican Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell.

Last month, college faculty members expressed alarm at the political nature of those seemingly interested. The school's Faculty Senate had passed a unanimous resolution asking the Board of Trustees to conduct a national search and hire someone with experience in higher education.

Earlier this month the college announced it had hired a search firm and established a committee to scour the nation for a perfect fit.

The school's 20 board of trustee members will make the decision.

A list of finalists is expected by February, says board chairman Greg Padgett.



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