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randy imler
04/16/2014

The Board of Trustees welcomed a new trustee:

Randy Imler '87, '00: of Tega Cay, S.C., is the executive director of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. He still plays an active role at Winthrop, where he conducts the Winthrop University Collegiate Choir and the Winthrop University Jazz Voices. Imler earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music at Winthrop and is a past recipient (1999) of Winthrop’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. He earned M.B.A. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of South Carolina.



scott middleton
04/16/2014

The Board of Trustees welcomed a new trustee:

Scott Middleton '81: Middleton, of West Columbia, S.C., is the founding equity owner and CEO/president of Agapé Senior Services, Inc. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Winthrop and is an active member of the College of Business Administration's Health Care Management Program Advisory Board.



Eduardo Prieto
01/13/2014

Eduardo Prieto brings 21 years of enrollment management experience to his new position at Winthrop: vice president for access and enrollment management. He begins his duties on Jan. 27.

He will oversee the recruitment and retention of traditional, post-traditional, and graduate students to Winthrop. Prieto has experience working in recruitment, competitive admission efforts, budget management, team-building, territory management and financial aid at public and private higher education institutions.

Most recently, Prieto worked as an associate vice president for enrollment management for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While at Embry-Riddle, international enrollment increased, SAT and GPA scores climbed, more females enrolled, a new recruitment office opened in Dallas, and a new customer relationship management recruitment database was implemented.

Read more about Prieto in this university release.



Jeff Perez
01/13/2014

Jeff Perez will serve as President Jayne Marie (Jamie) Comstock's senior counsel for public affairs beginning Feb. 1.

Perez, vice president for external affairs at The Citadel, was chosen as Winthrop’s public affairs strategist and communications adviser to the president as well as the president’s advisory council. He will be the principal institutional spokesperson on matters involving public policy and will lead Winthrop’s work with local, state and federal officials.

To learn more about Perez, read the press release about his appointment.



Veronica Orange
12/05/2013

Welcome to Winthrop

Veronica Orange is a new concurrent planning specialist in the Department of Social Work. She was previously a human service specialist at the Department of Social Services and holds degrees from Limestone College and Webster University.

In her spare time she enjoys drawing and puzzles.



LaTasha Kennedy
12/05/2013

Welcome to Winthrop

LaTasha Kennedy is now a contract monitor in the Department of Social Work. She holds degrees from the University of South Carolina-Columbia, one of which is an educational specialist degree in individual and family counseling. At USC, she was president of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society.

She previously worked for the Bair Foundation and the Department of Social Services.

Her hobbies include reading and play therapy with children.



Denise ONeal
12/05/2013

Welcome to Winthrop

Denise O'Neal '88 joins Winthrop as a concurrent planning specialist in the Department of Social Work. She held the position of human services specialist at both the Darlington and Dillon County Departments of Social Services.

She is a graduate of Winthrop.

She is active in her church -- Gresham Chapel FWB Church -- and serves as an usher president and member of the Missionary Department. She enjoys floral arrangements in her spare time.



Vanessa Oliver
11/15/2013

Welcome to Winthrop

Vanessa Oliver is also a parent locator in the Department of Social Work. She comes to Winthrop from SMX Staffing and the Palmetto Health Cancer Initiative.

She enjoys reading, shopping, friends, traveling and spending time with family in her spare time.



Melissa Johnson
11/15/2013

Welcome to Winthrop

Melissa Johnson is now a parent locator in the Department of Social Work. She holds an associate degree in business management from Midland Technical College. She was formerly an agent with Direct Auto Insurance and TD Banks.

Johnson enjoys traveling, shopping, going to the movies and reading.



Clarissa Elmore
11/06/2013

Welcome to Winthrop

Clarissa Elmore is the new residential learning coordinator and academic associate in the Department of Residence Life. She was formerly a community director at Saint Augustine's University and an area coordinator for student leadership and new student orientation at Louisburg College.

She holds two degrees from Winthrop in social work.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and playing acoustic guitar.