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Office of the President
Office of the President
114 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-3001 (fax)



July 31, 2013

Finally...our work together officially begins!

I am excited beyond measure to start Winthrop's 128th academic year with you. Larry and I have been preparing all summer to be ready for our first of many years here at Winthrop University.

The start-up of school has always filled me with a sense of optimism. But, this year, I am "walking on sunshine" because I have the opportunity to work with each of you and to learn about your hopes and dreams for Winthrop's future. To begin this important dialog, and also to continue in the tradition of faculty and staff engagement, I hope you will attend my Opening Address to the campus community on Tuesday, August 13, 9:30 a.m., in McBryde Hall.

During this presentation, I will share my observations about the challenges and key issues facing higher education today and pose a series of questions that will frame our campus visioning discussions over the coming months. As a way to get meaningful conversation going, there will be a question and answer session after my speech, followed by a social time in the Tuttle Dining Room for us to get to know each other better.

A calendar of additional opening activities is available online, and I ask that you take special note of the Convocation ceremony on Monday, August 19, at 4 p.m., in Byrnes Auditorium.

Convocation serves as the traditional welcome for our new students and as their formal induction into the Winthrop University community of learners. The Convocation ceremony will be followed by the traditional Blue Line procession and picnic on the front lawn for students, faculty and staff.

Please plan to attend Convocation and to join our Board of Trustees, our honored community guests, and me in welcoming our students to campus. Winthrop offices will close at 3:45 p.m. to enable all faculty and staff to attend the 4 p.m. ceremony.

I look forward to seeing you at all the opening activities and throughout the year ahead.