Legislators Reject College of Charleston Trustee

April 3, 2014

The General Assembly of South Carolina, which selects most public college trustees, on Wednesday voted down the re-election of a trustee even though no other person had decided to run for the position, The Post and Courier reported. It was unclear why the legislators rejected Daniel Ravanel. Some said it was because he had endorsed a recent board resolution that defended the idea of academic freedom -- which was widely seen as a rebuff to legislators who are angry that the college assigned an acclaimed memoir (that deals in part with gay and lesbian sexuality) to freshmen last year. (In an interview for his trustee re-election, Ravenel had indicated that he shared legislative concerns. Other reported indicated that Ravenel was being punished for not being sufficiently supportive of the recent controversial selection of a long-time legislative leader to become -- over student and faculty opposition -- the next president of the college.


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