Ted Stern

President Emeritus

The College of Charleston community mourns the loss of President Emeritus Ted Stern, whose influence is forever enshrined across the campus he loved so dearly.

Ted Stern became the College’s president on Sept. 1, 1968, just one day after retiring from the Navy as commanding officer of the Supply Center at the Charleston Navy Base. During the next 10 years, he transformed the College of Charleston from a small, private college with 482 students and a faculty of 27 to a public college with 5,000 students and a faculty of 181. During his tenure, the college’s footprint grew from essentially one square block to nine blocks that included a new library, new residence halls for men and women, a new science center, and a new student activity building named — at the behest of the student body — the Theodore S. Stern Student Center.

Ted Stern not only transformed the college; he played a crucial role in transforming the City of Charleston. Spoleto Festival USA, the South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Place, and the Coastal Carolina Community Foundation are only a few of the institutions that benefited from Ted Stern’s vision, energy, and determination. As Senator Fritz Hollings has said, “Everything Ted touched in Charleston blossomed.”

The entire College of Charleston community will miss Ted Stern’s leadership, wisdom and grace.

Information on funeral arrangements will be announced on the College website as soon as it is available.

For more information on the life of President Emeritus Ted Stern, please follow the links below.

Accomplishments and Activities

  • President of the College of Charleston
  • President of the Coastal Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • President of the United Way of Charleston
  • President of the United Way of South Carolina
  • President of the Rotary Club of Charleston
  • President of the Council of Presidents of Charleston
  • Foundation Director and Chairman of the Coastal Carolina Community Foundation
  • Founder and Executive Vice President, Sparta North Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • Regional Vice President of the Boy Scouts of America
  • District Governor, Rotary District #771
  • President and Chairman, Spoleto USA
  • Chairman of Saul Alexander Foundation
  • Vice Chairman Spalding-Paolozzi Foundation
  • Founder and Chairman, Blue Ridge Bank, Sparta, N.C.
  • Chairman, Charleston Substance Abuse Commission
  • Chairman, SC Senate Blue Ribbon Commission on Education
  • Chairman, Trident Forum For the Handicapped

Member of the Board of Directors

  • South Carolina Aquarium
  • Charleston Symphony
  • Carolina Art Association
  • Historic Charleston Foundation
  • Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce
  • Charleston Concert Association
  • SC Girl Scouts of America
  • Elder and Chair of the Board of the Deacons, First Scots Presbyterian Church
  • 33rd Degree Mason, K.C.C.H.

Honorary Degrees

  • Doctor of Humanities, Presbyterian College
  • Doctor of Humanities, Francis Marion College
  • Doctor of Laws, The Citadel
  • Doctor of Letters, College of Charleston
  • Doctor of Humanities, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Doctor of Humanities, University of Charleston