Without question 2020 was a challenging year, to say the least. And, like for the rest of the world, that was true for the College of Charleston. Despite the difficulties, 2020 was also a year of innovation, dedication and perseverance for the CofC community, filled with moments of hope, pride and achievement.
Here, in no particular order, are some of the highlights from the past 12 months:
We celebrated the College’s 250th anniversary with the inaugural CofC Day, which brought in more than $5 million in philanthropic donations for the institution.
…welcomed new campus leadership, including a new provost, celebrated the promotion of new academic leaders and heralded the arrival of the new executive director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.
…persevered as the institution shifted to online instruction amid the rise of the coronavirus and used the moment to provide realtime lessons to students about the impact of the global pandemic.
…launched the new systems engineering major.
…set the stage for the College’s future with the approval of the new strategic plan.
…focused on bridging divides with a series of enhanced diversity and inclusion efforts.
…discovered new ways to have fun.
…hit a high note with the completion of the renovation of the Sottile Theatre and the addition of a grand piano.
…and reveled in the joy and beauty of the holiday season with Cougar Night Lights.
Happy New Year, Cougars! Here’s to moving ahead with determined minds and hopeful hearts.