Michael Benson is not the next president of the College of Charleston. The college's Board of Trustees announced Andrew T. Hsu as their finalist Wednesday evening on their campus news website.
Benson, EKU's president since 2013, was announced as a finalist for the position on November 8, along with Hsu and Rhonda Phillips, dean of the Honors College at Purdue University. He recently travelled to the school to take part in an open forum for students and faculty on Nov. 15.
Hsu, who was was born in China and completed his undergraduate degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, is the current provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the University of Toledo. Hsu had held academic positions at the University of Miami, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Purdue University, Wright State University and San Jose State University.
"Dr. Hsu is an extraordinary individual – he is a scholar, a community builder, a fundraiser and a visionary leader," said College of Charleston Board of Trustees Chair David M. Hay in the announcement. "We were all impressed with Dr. Hsu’s experience, his accomplishments in forming industry partnerships, his commitment to diversity and his passion for the liberal arts. Over the course of the search process, Dr. Hsu has not only proven himself a great higher-education thinker, but also a great doer, with a track record of inspiring accomplishments across his career."
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