Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ohio man finally moves to Charleston

Andrew Hsu starts as the 23rd president of CofC today

Posted by Adam Manno on Thu, May 16, 2019 at 10:40 AM

click to enlarge Andrew Hsu, 62, left Ohio for the Holy City in 2019 - COURTESY COFC
  • Courtesy CofC
  • Andrew Hsu, 62, left Ohio for the Holy City in 2019
We got another one, y'all.

Thursday marks Andrew Hsu's first day as the 23rd president of the College of Charleston.

Hsu traded in his double title of provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the University of Toledo in Ohio for the CofC presidency in November, when the board of trustees voted unanimously to offer him the job.

The 62-year-old was born in China and has a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech.

He is the first non-white man to lead the 249-year-old liberal arts college, which is the oldest college south of Virginia. Dr. Hsu's five-year contract stretches from May 16 to May 15, 2024. He will make at least $410,246 a year, not including bonuses and perks such as moving expenses, a house on Glebe Street, and a car.

Hsu is officially replacing Glenn McConnell, a former state lawmaker whose tenure was marred by controversy stemming from his affinity for the Confederate flag all the way to his rocky, protest-ridden appointment in 2014.

No word yet on the new president's thoughts on shrimp and grits as a breakfast dish. 

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