Cinnamon Hairston is an administrative specialist at the James and Susan Rex Institute for Educational Renewal and Partnership. The institute is housed in the Richard W. Riley College of Education.
Cindy Van Buren '88, '90 has been appointed by S.C. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais as his designee to the Winthrop Board of Trustees. She has worked at the S.C. State Department of Education since April 2013. She is currently the deputy superintendent for school effectiveness.
Previously, Van Buren was a tenured professor at Newberry College for seven years. Six of those years she served as chair of the Department of Education and spent one year as assistant dean for academic affairs. During her time at Newberry, Van Buren oversaw a teacher education program that increased from 60 teacher candidates to more than 325 students and also added three new majors leading to teacher licensure.
Van Buren has earlier ties to Rock Hill. She worked at Winthrop as director of teacher education and at Rock Hill High School as an assistant principal and teacher.
Kenneth L. Sheetz will join Winthrop University on July 1 as associate vice president for institutional advancement.
Sheetz will oversee all fundraising activities, including planned giving and annual giving operations as well as development operations. The Ohio native also will supervise management of employee relations for the Office of Development.
Sheetz’s career in fundraising in non-profit management spans 24 years in a variety of fields, including higher education, performing arts, K-12 schools, health care and community organizations. He comes to Winthrop from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he worked as associate vice president of development and reorganized and focused the university’s planned and major gift program.
Additional career highlights include launching and managing the first comprehensive capital campaign for the University of Indianapolis. The campaign raised $75 million, surpassing the original $50 million goal. Sheetz also managed a $70 million comprehensive campaign that raised $74 million at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. During his time at Wittenberg, he also secured a gift totaling $10 million – then the largest gift in the university’s history.