1 CofC presidential finalist drops out

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The day after the finalists for the College of Charleston's new president were announced, one of the finalists dropped out of the search.{}

According to the College, Andrew H. Card, Jr., who was named as a finalist in the search,has decided to stand down at this time.

"It is not uncommon for candidates to stand down fromconsideration in a presidential search, and we thank Mr. Card for hisinterest," said Greg Padgett, chair of the College's Board of Trustees andchair of the Presidential Search Committee. "We are pleased with the experienceand qualifications of our remaining finalists, and we look forward to havingour campus community meet them during their campus visits."

The remaining candidates are{}Dennis Encarnation,{}Glenn McConnell, and{}Martha Saunders.

Encarnation is a retired international business consultant and faculty member from Harvard University. He also held academic positions at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Business School. Encarnation held teaching and research posts at Stanford University, Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston and his master's and doctoral degrees from Duke University.

McConnell is the Lieutenant Governor for the State of South Carolina. He is a former South Carolina State Senator and former President{}Pro Tempore{}for the South Carolina Senate. McConnell received his bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston and his law degree from the University of South Carolina.

Saunders is a provost and professor at the University of West Florida. She is the former president of Southern Mississippi and former chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She held various academic positions at Columbus State University and the University of West Florida. Saunders received her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, her master's degree from the University of Georgia and her doctoral degree from Florida State University.

The Board of Trustees will create a schedule so each candidate can visit the school and talk to students, faculty, alumni and community members.