Presidential candidate Andrew H. Card, Jr. announced on March 4 that he will stand down from consideration for the position of the 22nd president of the College of Charleston. Card, one of for finalists, did not provide a public reason for this decision.
Card applied for the position from Texas A&M, where he served as Executive Director in the Office of the Provost. Prior to academia, Card served in the government as Chief of Staff for George W. Bush and U.S. Secretary of Transportation for George H.W. Bush.
Greg Padgett, chair of the Board of Trustees, stated in an email to the campus community that Card’s resignation is not a sign of alarm. “It is not uncommon for candidates to stand down from consideration in a presidential search, and we thank Mr. Card for his interest,” he said.
The remaining three finalists, Dennis Encarnation, Glenn McConnell and Martha Saunders, will meet with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members in the coming weeks. The complete vita of each candidate and the schedule of their campus visits can be found on the College of Charleston Presidential Search website.
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