College of Charleston names finalists for president's job

By Ashley Barker
Published March 3, 2014

The College of Charleston has released the names of four presidential finalists, and they include a former White House chief of staff, an international business consultant, the current lieutenant governor of South Carolina and the former president of The University of Southern Mississippi.

The finalists for the 22nd president of the College of Charleston are Andrew H. Card Jr., Dennis J. Encarnation, Glenn F. McConnell and Martha D. Saunders, according to a news release from the college.

Greg Padgett, chairman of the college’s board of trustees and the presidential search committee, said the board is pleased with the quality and experience of the potential finalists.

“Each candidate would bring a unique set of strengths and capabilities to their leadership of the college, and we look forward to receiving feedback from all of our campus constituencies, and the larger community, on each of the finalists,” Padgett said in a statement.

The board will develop a schedule for the interview process that includes dates for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to meet and talk to the candidates.

Card, a University of South Carolina graduate, is the executive director in the office of the provost at Texas A&M University. He previously served as chief of staff to former President George W. Bush and as U.S. Secretary of Transportation for former President George H.W. Bush. He was also vice president for government relations at General Motors Co.

Encarnation, a retired international business consultant and faculty member at Harvard University, earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Duke University. He also held academic positions at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and at the Harvard Business School.

McConnell, a former S.C. state senator and current lieutenant governor, earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston. He has a law degree from the University of South Carolina and previously held a private legal practice.

Saunders is currently the provost and a professor at the University of West Florida. She is the former president of The University of Southern Mississippi and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. She has a doctoral degree from Florida State University.

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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