As one of the nation’s acknowledged leading public universities, Winthrop and its faculty, staff, alumni and students set an example in all that they undertake. Examples of leadership opportunities and transitions in 2011-12 include:
DiGiorgio Announces Retirement
Anthony J. DiGiorgio, one of the longest-serving public university presidents in America, announced to the Winthrop community that the 2012-13 academic year will be his last as president before retirement. After 50 years in education – 24 of them at Winthrop, DiGiorgio oversaw the transition from college to university and guided the university through tough economic times, while reshaping the physical campus and re-centering the traditional heart of campus. After his 2013 retirement, DiGiorgio has pledged to continue to be of service to Winthrop, carrying the dual titles of president emeritus and distinguished service professor. The Board of Trustees began in February a 15-month national search to determine DiGiorgio’s successor, an individual who will become the 10th president in Winthrop’s 127-year history.
Brooks, a Core Fulbright Scholar
The Core Fulbright Scholar program selected Christina Brooks, an instructor of anthropology and sociology, to spend the spring semester as a guest lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica. One of only 800 faculty nationwide to receive the prestigious award, Brooks used the opportunity to continue her research on enslaved African cemeteries.
Whitton Best Practices Series
This year’s creation of the Whitton Best Practices Series, sponsored by a gift from Elaine Whitton Davis ’73, provides a series of training seminars for small business owners. Developed in conjunction with Winthrop faculty, the Whitton Series supports regional business community leaders by sharing information on successful strategies relevant to their operations. Topics covered at sessions this year included immigration laws, Geographic Information Systems, and exporting.