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Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg was the guest speaker at Charleston Southern University’s quarterly Board of Visitors networking breakfast Aug. 12.
Tecklenburg said his first seven months in office have been an incredible opportunity to serve, and he has observed while working with buildings, bridges and infrastructure that relationships are most important.
“I am thankful for schools like Charleston Southern, because our relationship with God is so primary. I see CSU as a bridge builder between faith and actions to make Charleston a better place to live.”
Tecklenburg focuses on quality of life issues in his day-to-day work and sees public safety as the number one job of local government. Initiatives such as, rapid bus transit systems, affordable housing, inequalities in schools, race relations, revitalizing West Ashley, and the Charleston Illumination Project, to strengthen ties between Charleston police and the community, fill his days.
Tecklenburg said, “I have come to understand that relationships are what really matter, the way that we work with and engage with people. Relationships really make a difference at the end of the day,” he said.
The Board of Visitors at Charleston Southern University is a student scholarship support program and a channel for the involvement and networking of distinguished citizens and leaders who are interested in furthering the university's mission and providing assistance in the areas of planning, promoting and resource development. Length of membership term varies by membership level, and all gifts provide direct scholarship support to deserving students.
Charleston Southern is a liberal arts university and is one of South Carolinas largest accredited, independent universities, enrolling 3,600 students. Recognized as one of Americas Best Christian Colleges, the Universitys vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.