President Hsu sent the following message to the campus community on May 16, 2019 – his first day in office.
Dear Campus Community:
Today, May 16, marks my official first day as president of the College of Charleston.
Let me begin by saying thanks. I am grateful to Steve Osborne for his leadership as interim president and for leaving the College in such a strong position for the future. He has done his alma mater a great service this past year as interim president and the previous 12 years as CFO and executive vice president of business affairs.
I am also very thankful for all that you – our campus community – have done to help this institution earn its standing in South Carolina, in the country and around the world. I’m excited to work with all of you to further enrich the educational experience the College offers as well as to raise the profile of this incredible university. My family and I could not be more thrilled to join this community of caring individuals and to do our part to help further the College’s success.
I begin my tenure knowing that I have much to learn and that I am fortunate to have an entire campus community of bright and talented individuals to lean on and use as resources. It’s through our shared work together that we’ll advance our academic mission and our university.
As we all know, these are challenging times in higher education, in our country and in our world. The big problems of our time will require great thought, collaboration and even bigger solutions. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni, volunteer leaders and friends of the College are more than capable to meet these challenges head on and to serve as that force for good that betters our society and our planet. I have no doubt in my mind that the College can be a place that serves as the tie that binds us all together in the fight against the most pressing issues of our time. We can be and will be a university where ideas are fostered and creative solutions are conceived that address all these problems and more.
I feel enormously privileged to be a part of this community. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and beginning the work to help the College achieve many more successes, especially as we celebrate our 250th anniversary. If you see me around campus or out in the community, please say hello. I want to meet as many of you as possible.
Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.
College of Charleston