College of Charleston President Andrew T. Hsu shared the following message with the campus community regarding National Custodial Worker Recognition Day, which takes place on Oct. 2, 2021, to honor the critical role of the College’s custodial staff:

Dear Campus Community:

If all the university is a stage – with our students and faculty playing the lead roles – then our staff, in most cases, are the ones working busily and quietly behind the scenes to make the whole show run smoothly.

I would like to take this moment to shine a spotlight on those campus community members “off stage” that often go unrecognized and thank them for their hard work and for their care of our campus.

This Saturday, October 2, we celebrate National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day. It provides an opportunity for our campus community to say thank you to the men and women who clean and repair our campus so that our students, faculty and staff may work and learn in an environment unlike any other.

Our facilities – a rare combination of centuries-old structures and modern-day buildings – make our campus visually stunning, while at the same time, they also provide unique challenges of cleaning and maintenance.

On behalf of the entire campus community, I want to express our appreciation to our custodial team’s hard work, especially during the months of the pandemic. Our custodial team has played a critical role in our university’s success and their work has been key in keeping everyone as safe and as healthy as possible.

Please be sure to greet and share your appreciation with our custodial staff today and every day! Thank you and Go COUGARS!



Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.
College of Charleston