Charleston, SC (WLTX) -- Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell has been offered the presidency at the College of Charleston.
Trustees voted unanimously around 6:15 p.m. Saturday to offer McConnell the position. He would be the college's 22nd president.
"We believe that Glenn McConnell is the best person to lead the College of Charleston, and we expect to quickly conclude the contract negotiations and formally introduce Lt. Gov. McConnell to the campus and the community" says Greg Padgett, chairman of the Board of Trustees. He also served as chair of the Presidential Search Committee.
Final details of the contract are being worked out, but the school expects to formally introduce McConnell to the campus soon.
He'll take over for George Benson, who announced last year that he would return to the faculty in June.
McConnell said in January he would not seek re-election as the lieutenant governor so he could pursue the position. He's served as lieutenant governor since March of last year, when Ken Ard resigned. Prior to that, McConnell has been the Senate pro tem from 2001 to 2012. He'd been a senator since 1981.