Presidential search yields overwhelming applicants

Jan. 14, was the final day to submit applications for the 22nd President of the College of Charleston.  All submissions will be processed and reviewed by the Presidential Search Committee, led by chair Greg Padgett, in the upcoming weeks.

Padgett said, “The search committee is very excited.  We have received over one hundred applications.”

The committee itself is comprised of 15 individuals including members of the Board of Trustees, faculty representatives and the SGA President Jordan Hensley.  Throughout January they will work to narrow the pool to five prospective candidates with a deadline of Feb. 10.  The Board of Trustees could announce which finalist will become the next president as early as March 2014.

Rest assured, Padgett notes  that the pool consists of many current academic presidents, local and community leaders and qualified individuals from the Southeast and throughout the U.S.

Some key attributes the committee will look for in the applicant pool include, “a strong desire to collaborate with all our constituencies, a compelling record as an academic leader and the promise to prioritize service to the Lowcountry and South Carolina while developing the growing national reputation of the College of Charleston,” Padgett said.

While there is a tentative schedule leading up to the announcement, Padgett suggests that choosing the right man or woman for the job will take precedence over these constraints.

“Our main concern is picking the best leader for this institution,” he added.

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