ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Winthrop Board of Trustees will welcome two new board members during the upcoming academic year.
S.C. Governor Mark Sanford recently appointed Rock Hill attorney Tommy Pope to the board as an at-large member. He will join Charleston investor Tim B. Sease, who was elected by the General Assembly in May to fill the unexpired term of Glenda Pittman Owens. Pope will serve until a new appointment is made while Sease's term lasts until 2012.
Pope worked in law enforcement and then for 14 years as the 16th Circuit solicitor handling high-profile cases such as the death penalty case against child killer Susan Smith of Union in 1995. He started his own law practice in 2006 and now is in association with Elrod Pope Law Firm, taking care of personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. Pope holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a juris doctorate degree, both from the University of South Carolina.
Married to Kimberly Greenwood Pope, he has three boys and a daughter and lives in York.
“I am excited to be involved with Winthrop,” Pope said, adding that several members of his family who weren’t involved in law enforcement worked in education, including his mother Elizabeth Thomas Pope `64.
Sease is president of First Southeast Investor Services in Charleston and has worked there since the company’s inception in 1995. A 1987 Winthrop graduate with a major in communications and a minor in business, he holds securities and insurance licenses and is a certified financial planner.
He is the immediate past president of the Winthrop University Alumni Board and is a member of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and The Country Club of Charleston. He and his wife, Tina, live in Mount Pleasant, S.C., with their 15-year-old twin boys.