Jenny Sanford Eyes College Top Job

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Monday, 19 Aug 2013 03:28 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Jenny Sanford — the former first lady of South Carolina — is eyeing a new job as a college president.

Sanford said she would like to serve as the leader of the College of Charleston.

"I would certainly welcome the opportunity to be involved in that process," she told the Charleston City Paper.

"I am, right now, just waiting to see what the formal process is. I understand I would be a long shot, but it certainly is something I would consider looking at.

"Higher-Ed in general is at a crossroads in our nation and I think it's very important that we make sure that the College of Charleston is an institution that can continue to thrive in this wonderful community — and I would bring a unique set of qualifications for that position."

Sanford, 50, expressed her interest after current school President George Benson announced he will resign next year.

Her last full-time job was as an investment banker on Wall Street in the 1980s.

But Sanford told the Post & Courier newspaper that running her ex-husband’s congressional and gubernatorial races, and closely following state education issues, gave her the right management skills for the job.

Last December, Sanford was said to be on South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's shortlist to replace U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint when he resigned to head the Heritage Foundation.

Haley appointed Charleston Congressman Tim Scott.

She filed for divorce from former Gov. Mark Sanford after it was revealed he was having an affair. Mark Sanford is now a Congressman representing the Palmetto State’s 1st congressional district after winning a special election in May.


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