Glenn McConnell got a passing grade on his first test as president-elect of the College of Charleston when he abandoned the idea of briefly holding onto the lieutenant governor's job after taking the college's helm around July 1.

A significant portion of the lieutenant governor's role is to preside over the Senate, so presumably the job could be filled by a place-holder after the Legislature goes home in June. The voters in November will decide who gets a four-year term.

On Wednesday, Mr. McConnell told our reporter he was considering the possibility. But he dismissed the notion altogether on Thursday.

His decision leaves up in the air the question about who will succeed him as lieutenant governor. The current president pro tem of the Senate, Sen. John Courson, R-Richland, told our reporter that he's been assured by constitutional scholars that there is no mandate for him to assume the vacancy.

Presumably, that knotty question can be answered in Columbia.

Even if there were merit to Mr. McConnell's holding both jobs, doing so would have sent the wrong message - that he wasn't ready to devote himself fully to leading his alma mater.

Mr. McConnell's decision leaves no room for that misinterpretation by his critics on campus.