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Charleston Southern University Board of Trustees Announce that Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr. will Transition from President to President Emeritus on June 1, 2018

University Relations // 03.28.2017

Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr.

The Board of Trustees announced today that Dr. Jairy C. Hunter, Jr. will transition from the President of Charleston Southern University to President Emeritus on May 31, 2018 after 34 years of service. Over the past two years, the Board of Trustees and President Hunter have collaborated and developed a Succession Plan to ensure that the University continues to thrive and operate smoothly. Beginning June 1, 2018, as President Emeritus, Dr. Hunter will provide consulting and assistance in key areas such as strategic planning, external relations, resource development, enrollment and financial affairs. Additionally, he will continue to teach in the graduate school School of Business.

Chairman of the Board, Dr. Jerry Williams, expressed appreciation to Dr. Hunter and First Lady, Sissy, for an exemplary job in leading the University for over three decades. “Dr. Hunter’s visionary leadership, tireless dedication and unwavering commitment to Christian higher education literally has transformed CSU into one of the best Christian Universities in the country,” declared Dr. Williams.

“I am gratified that during my tenure thousands of students have received an excellent education in a Christian environment,” stated Dr. Hunter.

The Board will begin a search process for the next president in February 2018. Dr. Michael Bryant, Executive Vice President, will assist President Hunter during this transition period. Inquiries may be forwarded to Presidentsearch@csuniv.edu.


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.