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211 Tillman Hall
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA

Dr. Jack DeRochi, Dean

Jack DeRochi

Dr. DeRochi became Dean of the Graduate School in July, 2012. Before joining the Graduate School, he served as Assistant and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Winthrop.
He is an associate professor of English, specializing in Restoration and 18th-century literature. His main research focus is in the field of 18th-century drama and recently co-edited a book, Impresario: Richard Brinsley Sheridan in Political and Cultural Context, which was published in December, 2012.  He is a member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.  Professor DeRochi's classes are always challenging, filled with energy and lively discussion (and an occasional digression or two).

April Hershey, Assistant to the Dean

Lovegrove, April

Ms. Hershey joined the Graduate School in spring 2013. She was previously assistant to the dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and started her Winthrop career in 2002 when she worked as administrative specialist for the Department of Political Science. Prior to working for the university, April was a student at Winthrop and completed her B.S. in Political Science in 1999 and later finished her M.L.A with a focus on religion and politics in 2011. When not working in the Graduate School Office she is serving as the co-leader of the Winthrop Episcopal and Lutheran Campus Ministry (WELCM). April is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators.

Katie Dykhuis, Director of Recruitment and Student Engagement

Dykhuis, Katie

After finishing her B.S. in Business Administration at Winthrop, Katie spent six years working in recruiting operations for a global consulting and outsourcing organization. With a passion for education, she returned to Winthrop to pursue her M.B.A. and then worked as a continuing education program manager for a local college. In 2008 Katie returned to Winthrop once again as an Assistant Professor and External Relations Director in the College of Business, and then joined the Graduate School office staff in 2010.

Arenette McNeil, Admissions Coordinator


Arenette joined the Graduate School in June, 2014. She completed both a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in management and a B.A. in English with a concentration in professional communication from Winthrop in 2002. As a graduate assistant, she worked in the MBA office for two years. In May, 2010, Arenette graduated from Winthrop with her MBA degree in both Finance and International Business. She worked in the financial industry before her love for education and helping others led her back to Winthrop as an employee.

Graduate Office Assistants:
Sallie Geer Roberts

Roberts, Sallie

Sallie Roberts is a Winthrop University alumna who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Nutrition with a concentration in Food Systems Management and a minor in Business.  During her undergraduate career she was an active member of the Chi Lambda Chapter of Chi Omega Fraternity and the Winthrop University Student Dietetic Association.  She recently completed the Master of Science in Human Nutrition program and will soon begin a dietetic internship, which will then allow her to further pursue her overall career goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian.

Joseph Johnson, II


Joseph graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Winston-Salem State University. During his time at Winston-Salem State, Joseph received multiple honors including the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in Marketing. Joseph is pursuing a Master's degree in Business Administration and began working in the Graduate School Office in June 2013.

Asa McMullen


Asa McMullen graduated in May 2014 with her B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Tennessee. As an undergraduate student, Asa was an active member of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). She looks forward to continuing her education at Winthrop University and beginning her graduate studies in the M.A. in English program.

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