The College of Charleston meets its new president

January 25, 2019

Standing in a packed room overlooking the oak-dotted Cistern Yard, incoming College of Charleston President Andrew Hsu introduced himself to students and faculty Wednesday with a nod to the school’s nearly 250-year history.

Like any College of Charleston history buff, Hsu rattled off the pedigrees of the public liberal arts college’s founders: Three signed the Declaration of Independence, three helped frame the U.S. Constitution. But Hsu also noted some of its oldest buildings were constructed with plantation wealth derived from enslaved laborers.

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