Gov. Nikki Haley says South Carolina shouldn't be left without a lieutenant governor for five months.

She said Friday that Senate President Pro Tem John Courson may be required to step into the soon-to-be vacant position. But the post has been vacant before, most recently from 1965-1967.

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell told The Post and Courier he will resign from the post next week. McConnell becomes president of the College of Charleston July 1. But stepping aside from presiding over the Senate frees him to advocate for a bill creating a research university at the college.

Courson says he will not relinquish his seat to temporarily become lieutenant governor, but noted that under the lines of succession, he'd still be the person to assume the governor's duties, should something happen.