• Search committee meets on new Winthrop president


    ROCK HILL, S.C. - A search committee is meeting to begin reviewing possible candidates for a new president of Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

    Channel 9's partners at The Herald of Rock Hill reported an eight member panel of trustees and a faculty member were meeting Thursday to review applications for the school's 11th president.

    Former president Jamie Comstock Williamson was fired last summer after less than a year in the post.

    School officials said no vote was planned at Thursday's closed-door meeting.

    The search committee will eventually recommend a candidate to the school's board for a final decision. Officials have not said how many applications they have received.

    Winthrop is using a private consultant to help find candidates. The school hopes to make a decision this spring.

    Provost Debra Boyd has been serving as acting president.

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