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CHARLESTON, SC - A state board has approved paying $188,000 toward the salary of the College of Charleston's incoming president, Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell.

The same day, students are holding a silent sit-in at the school, protesting the boards decision to make McConnell president of the school.

The salary vote Wednesday by the Agency Head Salary Commission comes four days after the college's board of trustees selected McConnell to succeed George Benson. The amount is $8,500 more than Benson's state-paid salary.

 How much the college's foundation will add to McConnell's salary through private donations is not yet known.

 College spokeswoman Melissa Whetzel says that will be part of McConnell's contract, which is in the works. The contract will also set McConnell's starting date.

 Benson is stepping down this summer after six years as the college's president. His total salary is about $379,500. The foundation contributes $200,000 of that.

 As lieutenant governor, McConnell's salary is $46,545.

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