the Little Chapel in Columbia around 1900

The Little Chapel, Winthrop's first home, was built by Robert Mills, South Carolina architect and designer of the Washington Monument, as the carriage house of Ainsley Hall in Columbia. It later became the chapel of the Columbia Theological Seminary.

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson made his confession of faith in the Little Chapel.

David Bancroft Johnson

David Bancroft Johnson was appointed superintendent of Columbia, S.C., schools.

Robert C. Winthrop

Johnson received a $1,500 appropriation from the Peabody Education Board headed by Robert Charles Winthrop to open a school to train young women to teach in the public schools.

Mary Hall Leonard

Classes were first offered at Winthrop Training School in Columbia under the guidance of Winthrop's first instructor, Mary Hall Leonard. Twenty-one students met in the one-room Little Chapel for classes.

a diploma from winthrops first commencement in 1887

Fourteen students graduated at Winthrop's first commencement. South Carolina granted Winthrop a charter and provided $150 per month scholarship to one student from each county in the state; Winthrop relocated to a house on Marion Street where it remained until its move to Rock Hill in 1895.

The Winthrop Alumni Association was established.

text of the Act of Assembly relating to the winthrop training school for teachers

The S.C. General Assembly established the South Carolina Industrial and Winthrop Normal College and considered offers from towns competing to be the college's permanent site; Winthrop started a two-year curriculum.

black and white photo lists the names of the board of trustees for winthrop normal
                              and industrial college in July of 1895

The first Winthrop College catalog was published.

title page of the first Winthrop catalog

The institution's name was changed to the Winthrop Normal and Industrial College of South Carolina.

Tillman cornerstone

The cornerstone of Main Building (now Tillman Hall) was laid. The Practice House (now Stewart House) was built; and Robert C. Winthrop, the college's first benefactor, died.

Winthrop students in matching uniforms walking down the street in a line together

Winthrop began classes in Rock Hill. A uniform dress code went into effect. A four- year curriculum was instituted. The Blue Line tradition began, and North Dormitory (now Margaret Nance) was built.

black and white photo of children on the playground in front of Bancroft hall

Enrollment topped 500, and Winthrop Kindergarten (now Macfeat Early Childhood Laboratory School) opened.

McLaurin Hall in 1910

South Dormitory (now McLaurin Hall) was completed.

Mai Rutledge Smith

President Johnson married Mai Rutledge Smith.

Carnegie Library

Carnegie Library (now Rutledge Building) was completed.

a copy of the student government association petition from the 1912 Tatler

The Student Government Association was formed.

Withers Building in 1913

First B.S. and M.A. degrees were conferred, and the Winthrop Training School building (now Withers/W.T.S. Building) was constructed.

Enrollment topped 1,000.

The institution became Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women.

Lucile Godbold

Winthrop student Lucile Godbold won two gold and four other medals in the International Women's Olympiad. She later was the first woman inducted into the S.C. Athletics Hall of Fame.

Winthrop became the second largest women's college in the United States.

D.B. Johnsons funeral in 1928

David Bancroft Johnson died after 42 years of leadership to Winthrop.

James Kinard

James P. Kinard was named second president.

Shelton Phelps

Shelton Phelps was named third president.

workers reconstructing the little chapel

The Little Chapel was moved from Columbia to Rock Hill and reconstructed at its present site.

The School of Music's accreditation was Winthrop's first professional accreditation.

an aviation cadet standing in front of Bancroft Hall

The U.S. Army Air Force (known as the Army Air Corps, 41st College Training Detachment) and Civilian Pilot Training Program was based at Winthrop in "Fort Bancroft."

Henry Sims

Henry R. Sims was named fourth president.

Enrollment topped 2,000.

Winthrop trustees went on record favoring coeducation.

a woman in a blue dress playing the memorial organ

Uniforms were discontinued. D. B. Johnson Memorial Organ was dedicated in Byrnes Auditorium.

black and white landscape photo of winthrop lake

Construction of Winthrop Lake was completed.

Charles Davis

Charles S. Davis was named fifth president.

Harold Gilbreth

Harold B. Gilbreth received the first Distinguished Professor Award.

The Research Advisory Council (later Winthrop Research Council) was established, and the first Master of Arts in Teaching degree was conferred.

Cynthia Plair Roddey

Cynthia Plair Roddey, Winthrop's first African-American student, enrolled as a graduate student, and the first Master of Science degree was conferred.

Enrollment topped 3,000.

black and white photo of Walter Schrader receiving his diploma at Commencement in

Graduate student Walter Schrader became the first male to receive a Winthrop degree.

Enrollment topped 4,000.

black and white photo of a group of male and female students on the athletic field
                              in the 1970s

The S.C. General Assembly passed limited admission of males.

a portrait of Charles Vail in regalia

Charles B. Vail was named sixth president, and the Winthrop Foundation was established.

black and white photo of Governor John C. West signing the bill to make Winthrop coeducational.
                              He is seated at a long table and surrounded by a group of men and women

Winthrop became fully coeducational.

black and white photo of Winthrops first mens basketball team lined up in two rows
                              on the court

Tillman and McBryde Halls were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Winthrop's first men's basketball season and first Model United Nations program were held.

color photo of the first pitch being thrown at the first mens baseball game in 1980

The first men's baseball game was played, and the Winthrop coat-of-arms was adopted.

black and white photo of Keith Bildstein holding an owl in a classroom

Withers/W.T.S. Building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Keith Bildstein was named the first Outstanding Junior Professor.

a black and white aerial photo of the Winthrop Coliseum and surrounding area taken
                              in 1988

Winthrop Coliseum was completed.

a black and white photo of Phil Lader speaking at a lectern in regalia

Phillip Lader was named seventh president. The Blue Line tradition and Convocation were reinstituted. Cultural events were reinstated as a requirement to graduate.

a black and white photo of Roger Baumgarte teaching a class. He is seated at a desk
                              in a circle with the students

Enrollment topped 5,000. Winthrop was admitted to the NCAA. Roger Baumgarte received the first James P. Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching.

a black and white photo of Martha Kime Piper seated at her desk

Martha Kime Piper became Winthrop's eighth president and the first woman to ever head the institution. Winthrop celebrated its centennial.

a black and white photo of the front of Bancroft Hall in 1912 with Tillman hall visible
                              in the background

Winthrop officially joined NCAA, Division I ranks. Seventeen campus buildings and one structure were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

black and white photo of Anthony DiGiorgio in regalia

Anthony DiGiorgio became Winthrop's ninth president, establishing core institutional values of service, excellence, diversity, community and leadership. Hurricane Hugo hit the campus.

black and white headshot of Jason Silverman

History professor Jason Silverman was named the S.C. Governor's Professor of the Year, a first for a Winthrop faculty member.

U.S.News & World Report magazine ranked Winthrop among the South's top universities in its 1992 America's Best Colleges edition, beginning a tradition of recognition by the magazine that continues today.

Anthony DiGiorgio unveiling the Winthrop University logo

Winthrop attained university status.

black and white photo of Bruno Torok

The first $1 million endowment to the Winthrop Foundation was announced, a gift from the Pamplin family of Portland, Ore.  The first two endowed professorships were established — the William H. Grier Endowed Professorship of Business Administration and the R. Grant and Elizabeth G. Singleton Endowed Professorship in Teacher Education. Winthrop's tennis teams were involved in a wreck in Hattiesburg, Miss., that killed men's player Bruno Torok.

black and white photo of Harry and Becca Dalton with Anthony DiGiorgio

A local couple's $1 million contribution created Winthrop's first endowed chair: the Harry and Becca Dalton Endowed Chair in Environmental Sciences and Studies. The athletics program was fully certified by the NCAA.

color photo taken during a Winthrop basketball tournament game in 1999

The Winthrop Eagles made the NCAA Division I basketball tournament for the first time in the program's history. The Life Sciences Building (now Dalton Hall) was completed, the first new academic building in more than 30 years.

black and white photo of Richard W. Riley, Anthony DiGiorgio and others in front of
                              a sign with the new name for the college of education

Enrollment topped 6,000. The College of Education was renamed the Richard W. Riley College of Education for the former Secretary of Education under President Bill Clinton.

Winthrop's first capital campaign, "A Lasting Achievement: The Campaign for Winthrop," came to a close with more than $31 million raised.

photo of the outside of the Winthrop Ballpark

Winthrop garnered a $3.8 million grant from the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence program to pursue molecular biomedical research. An anonymous $1.5 million gift was donated to enhance the Winthrop Ballpark.

the exterior of the west center

Construction was completed on Winthrop's first certified "green" building, the Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education and Wellness Center, as well as on the Glenda Pittman and Charles Jerry Owens Hall. Family Weekend was reinstituted.

a 2012-2013 McNair scholar presents her research during a poster session

Millions of dollars in federal funds were awarded to Winthrop for such projects as the Richard W. Riley College of Education's NetSCOPE initiative, the McNair Scholars program, and even a steam line for the campus. Carroll Hall opened with the state-of-the-art Carroll Capital Markets Training and Trading Center as the building's centerpiece.

the DiGiorgio family beside the plaque dedicating the DiGiorgio Campus Center

Fire destroyed Owens Hall. The DiGiorgio Campus Center was completed in the heart of campus along Scholars Walk. The university embarked on its 125th academic year.

a photo of the Hardin Family Garden the first year it opened

The university launched the public phase of its second capital campaign, "Distinction: The Campaign for Winthrop."  Hardin Family Garden opened at the south end of Scholars Walk.

two players on the field during a lacrosse game

Winthrop's 10th president, Jamie Comstock Williamson, served for one year following the retirement of Anthony DiGiorgio after 24 years of service. Women's lacrosse launched its inaugural season.

Daniel Mahony, in regalia, and his wife lead the blue line tradition after convocation

Winthrop's 11th president, Daniel F. Mahony, was named on July 1, the Distinction campaign reached a successful conclusion that fall, and a strategic planning process began that yielded the Winthrop Plan, the university's strategic plan.

a tennis player celebrates on the court during the ncaa tournament

Winthrop received the largest estate gift in the university's history— $3 millionto establish a service-focused student scholarship program, thanks to the late Elizabeth Hope Reed '41, '51.

The women's tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time.

black and white photo of a smiling D.B. Johnson in front of Tillman Hall

David Bancroft Johnson was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

Winthrop achieved its best overall U.S. News and World Report ranking in 25 years among regional universities in the south.

a wide angle view of the 2019 esports team during a competition

Winthrop Athletics launched the varsity eSports program.

COVID - Students with masks

Daniel F. Mahony resigned after five years of service. Interim President George W. Hynd served during the COVID-19 pandemic as the university moved temporarily to online classes.

Edward Serna

Edward A. Serna '02 was named the 12th president and became the first alumnus to hold the office.