Glenn F. McConnell
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Glenn Fant McConnell ’69 assumed the presidency of his alma mater in July 2014 following a long and distinguished career in public office in South Carolina.
Prior to his presidency at the College of Charleston, McConnell was South Carolina’s lieutenant governor from 2012 to 2014, overseeing the state’s Office on Aging and its $40 million budget.
Before he ascended to the state’s second-highest office, McConnell served for 32 years in the South Carolina Senate, leading the chamber as president protempore from 2001 to 2012. During this tenure, McConnell supported research initiatives at South Carolina universities and was responsible for helping shape and pass the state’s annual budget. Though he personally wished to remain in his senate seat, his strong commitment to the state’s constitution and public service made it impossible for him to remain in his influential seat as senate president pro tempore and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Honoring his oath of office, he took over the part-time position of lieutenant governor in 2012.
Prior to becoming the first Republican president pro tempore in the S.C. State Senate since Reconstruction, McConnell served as chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Under McConnell’s leadership, the South Carolina Senate was recognized for its civility and lack of partisan politics. McConnell also worked to recognize South Carolina’s heritage, including efforts to restore the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley and service as chairman of the African-American History Monument Commission.
While a state senator, McConnell practiced law privately. Earlier in his legal career, he worked on labor issues at the Charleston Naval Shipyard and was a staff attorney for the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program.
McConnell is a native of Charleston and a former student body president at the College of Charleston, where he earned his undergraduate degree in political science.
1972: J.D., University of South Carolina
1969: B.S. in Political Science, College of Charleston
2014 - Present: President, College of Charleston
2012 - 2014: Lieutenant Governor, South Carolina
2001 - 2012: President Pro Tempore, South Carolina State Senate
1980 - 2012: South Carolina State Senator, District 41 (Charleston)
1975 - 1999: Attorney, private practice
1974: Labor Management Relations Specialist, Charleston Naval Shipyard
1972 - 1974: Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program
Honors and Achievements
- Honorary Degrees:
- Doctorate of Humane Letters, College of Charleston
- Doctorate of Humane Letters, Medical University of South Carolina
- Doctorate of Laws, The Citadel
- Doctorate of Humanities, Francis Marion University
- PAARP Excellence in Advocacy Award
- Vision Award (S.C. Aging in Place Coalition)
- Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Leader in Advancing Economic Development
- Senator John Heinz Memorial Award (National Adult Day Services Association)
- College of Charleston Founders’ Medal
- National Council of Jewish Women (Charleston Section) Social Justice Award
- S.C. Maritime Hall of Fame
- S.C. Medical Association Legislator of the Year
- S.C. Sierra Club Environmental Legislator of the Year National Business Association Senator of the Year
- S.C. Victim Assistance Network Legislator of the Year
- ECSC Lineman Award
- S.C. Regional Councils Partner of the Year