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Tammie Phillips

Tammie Phillips is the new executive assistant for the Winthrop University Foundation. Originally from South Carolina, Phillips has lived in Rock Hill for more than 20 years .

Phillips holds a degree in English education with a business administration minor from the University of South Carolina Upstate and a certificate in nonprofit management from Winthrop. She has worked in administration and operations management for many years at Westminster Presbyterian Church. 

She and her husband, Craig, have two grown daughters, Brittany and Allison, and a furry friend, a cat named Summer. Phillips enjoys and beach and taking long walks with the family dogs.

Ken Sheetz
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.

Caroline Rust Ward

Caroline Rust Ward '97 is the new donor relations coordinator in the Office of Alumni Relations.

The Charlotte, North Carolina, resident earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University and a Master of Fine Arts from Winthrop. Her professional experience from the past 20 years includes adjunct professor of art and design at two universities, commercial art gallery manager and arts administrator as well as many other roles.

Her recent accolades include artist grants from both the Arts Council of York County and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Arts & Science Council in addition to “Best in Show” by E. Shiner, director of the Warhol Museum, during the exhibit From A Different Point of View 2012 at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She is also an active member of the National Association of Women Artists in New York City.





Mary Mintich, professor emerita of the Department of Art and Design, recently passed away. Mintich, who joined Winthrop in 1973 and retired in 1999, helped set the standards for the art and design programs of today. She was a fearless advocate for art and design, her students, and the resources that the art and design programs required.  A leader in the Charlotte art scene, she left a valuable mark on many cultural institutions. She left Winthrop a lasting legacy including an endowed Mary Mintich sculpture scholarship, which is awarded annually. 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

randy imler

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

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

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

Jeff Perez will serve as the president'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

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

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

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

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

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

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.