On Friday, Oct. 25th under the spanish moss growing on the live oaks in The Cistern Yard, Andrew Toming Hsu was inaugurated as the 23rd president of the College of Charleston.
With multiple guest speakers including Mayor of Charleston John Tecklenburg, Provost of Georgia Tech Rafael Bras and Student Government Association President George Hicks, President Hsu was given a warm welcome into the College family as he and his family were honored by all in attendance.
Among the numerous speakers and performances, Assistant Professor of English and Poetry Editor for the Crazyhorse, Gary Jackson, recited a poem he wrote specifically for President Hsu’s inauguration entitled “Forward and Back” resembling the theme of the entire ceremony: Tradition and Transformation.
With the 250 year anniversary of the College coming up in 2020, President Hsu’s vision for the College is to remember the College’s roots and traditions while at the same time looking to the future with optimism and an ambition for positive change.
“Let us work together, let us set bold aspirations for our future. College of Charleston family, in my life I choose to be fueled by hope and I’m driven by the promise of what tomorrow may bring. With the traditions of the past 250 years in our hearts, and transformation on our minds, let us go forward with a renewed and reinvigorated spirit. Together, we are the authors of the next chapter of the College of Charleston story. Together we will make these next few chapters great ones so that future generations will say of us ‘history was made here’.”