S.C.’s Public Colleges Find Themselves Caught in Election-Year Grandstanding

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Lawmakers sparked controversy by pressuring the College of Charleston to hire Glenn McConnell, the state’s lieutenant governor, as president. His fondness for Confederate memorabilia hasn’t helped.
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Lawmakers in South Carolina are heavily involved in public higher-education policy this year—just not in the ways that the colleges would like them to be.

State legislators have acknowledged pressuring the College of Charleston’s Board of...

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