President Glenn McConnell ’69 issued the following statement to the campus community on July 14, 2016.

Dear Campus Community:

I am writing today to announce that Amy McCandless, dean of the Graduate School, will be retiring effective tomorrow, July 15, 2016.

Amy McCandless

Amy McCandless

Dean McCandless has led the Graduate School for the past 10 years and has been at the College for more than 30 years. As dean, Amy has worked to increase funding for assistantships and research, helped establish the Graduate Student Association and the Graduate School Advisory Board, implemented responsible research training conduct protocols and introduced an annual graduate student poster session as well as the 3MT® Competition (three-minute thesis). I am grateful to Dean McCandless for her work to improve the Graduate School and to strengthen the graduate student experience at the College.

During Dean McCandless’ more than three decades at the College, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in U.S. women’s and British history as well as special topics classes on South Carolina history and on women in the American South and in Elizabethan England. In addition, she was an associate provost from 2001 to 2006 and served as the Strategic Planning Steering Committee’s faculty co-chair from 2007 to 2009. Under her leadership as the Fulbright Campus representative, the College was honored the last two years as one of the top producers of faculty Fulbrights.

Amy also has served in a variety of leadership capacities on numerous professional organizations and associations, including the Southern Association for Women Historians. And, currently, she is the president of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools and chair of the editorial board of the S.C. Historical Society Magazine. It is evident that her impact on our campus and in her profession has been and will continue to be far reaching.

On behalf of the entire College of Charleston community, I thank Dean McCandless for her many decades of service to the College and wish her all the best in this next chapter of her life.




Glenn F. McConnell ’69


College of Charleston