On Wednesday, the college hosted a welcome event for incoming president Andrew T. Hsu. President-elect Hsu spoke to the College of Charleston about its history, future and, most importantly, present.
“We will celebrate the college’s 250th birthday. Two hundred and fifty years of history, 250 years of compelling people and 250 years of informative change,” Hsu said.
This upcoming year-long 250th celebration will be about acknowledging the history of the College in full.
“Our earliest moments share great pride and great pain,” Hsu said. “But through it all, we have evolved into a better version of ourselves.”
It’s important to Hsu for the College to lead the community by example.
As a believer in a liberal arts education, Hsu wants to impart the ability to use information to problem solve. He wants to prepare students to be future leaders on the global stage by teaching the “4 Cs:” critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
“The 4 Cs will enable graduates to be versatile and work in any field as job and market demands shift,” Hsu said.
Likewise, the school of professional studies embraces these qualities. It is why SPS offers continuing and professional education in addition to certificate programs and paths for degree completion that are immediately applicable in a professional environment.
As for his goals and priorities for the future of the College, Hsu notes that he wants to spend time on campus before he sets his vision in motion, but he is full of great ideas.
President-elect Hsu will officially step into his role on May 16, 2019.
After the current president, Glenn F. McConnell, announced his retirement, the Board of Trustees announced it would form a search committee to look for the next president of College of Charleston. The search committee consisted of six Board members and two faculty representatives.
Currently, President-elect Hsu is the provost and vice president for academic affairs at The University of Toledo. Before becoming provost and executive vice president at Toledo, Hsu served as the dean of engineering at San Jose State University and as the associate vice president for research and the dean of the Graduate School at Wright State University.
Read more about the welcome event for President-elect Hsu on The College Today’s website.