Interview: Dr. Edwin H. Welch

How long have you been living in Charleston, and why did you decide to settle in this city?
I have been in Charleston for 20 years. I came to serve as President of the University of Charleston, not expecting to fall in love with the City. But, I have fallen in love with it and have fully adopted it as my home.

How do you find the general vibe of Charleston?
Charleston is a surprisingly active community. If you cannot find two or three different things to do each day, you’re not paying attention.

Which season is Charleston at its best?
The summer is a great time in Charleston. There are lots of festivals and events, the hills are alive with color, and the river invites pleasure seekers.

What do you think is Charleston’s biggest attraction?
The biggest attraction in Charleston is probably the State Capitol. It’s historic, beautiful, and a must-see.

How would you describe Charleston to someone who hasn’t been here before?
Charleston is the biggest small town you can imagine. We’re just minutes from forests and scenic rural areas, yet we have all of the resources and activities of a metropolitan community.

What are your top 5 dining places in Charleston?
Soho’s, Laury’s, Fazio’s, Tidewater, and First Watch.

What are Charleston’s attractions that every tourists must visit?
State Capitol, Erma Byrd Gallery at the University of Charleston, Cultural Center, and the Clay Center

What are the absolute must-try’s for every visitor in Charleston?
Must-try’s – Power Park; University of Charleston athletic events; local theater and ballet performances; Charleston festivals – Vandalia, Wine and Jazz, Blues-Brews-and-Barbecues, etc.; Symphony Sunday, Symphony concerts

What are the cheap thrills that you can enjoy in Charleston?
Walk along the river; stroll down Capitol Street, get ice cream at Ellen’s and enjoy a snack and a magazine at Taylor Books; Thursday night art walk

Dr. Edwin H. WelchA native of Maryland, Dr. Edwin H. Welch never expected that he would be working in Charleston, let alone live there for 20 years. He worked at the White House for eleven years to pay for his college education, then in 1988, he made his first trip to West Virginia to serve as the University of Charleston’s President. He also serve on the Charleston Area Medical Center Board, the Advisory Board for BB&T-Charleston, and several other organizations.