The Charleston Republican said in a statement Monday that he will apply for the job as president of his alma mater. Applications are due next week.
McConnell says he decided it would not be honorable to seek that post while also running for lieutenant governor.
The former Senate president pro tem was arguably the state’s most powerful lawmaker when the resignation of Lt. Gov. Ken Ard caused McConnell to leave his beloved Senate and assume a job largely viewed as ceremonial.
This year is the last year voters will separately elect a lieutenant governor. In 2018, gubernatorial nominees will pick their own running mate.