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Longtime CSU president stepping down next year

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Jairy C. Hunter Jr., who has been president of Charleston Southern University for more than 30 years, will transition to president emeritus on May 31, 2018, according to a university news release.

CSU’s board of trustees and Hunter have developed a succession plan, and the board will begin searching for his replacement in February, the news release said.

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

As president emeritus, beginning June 1, 2018, Hunter will provide consulting and assistance on strategic planning, external relations, resource development, enrollment and financial affairs. He also plans to continue teaching in the university’s School of Business, the news release said.

“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,” CSU board chairman Jerry Williams said in the news release.

Hunter was named president of the Baptist College at Charleston in 1984. The school was renamed Charleston Southern University in 1990.

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