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Message from the Executive Director


July 2021


Lori Tuttle

Alumni and Friends,

I am happy to share with you that a new officer slate was voted on for the Winthrop University Alumni Association Executive Board’s 2021-24 term. Byron Putman ’94 will serve a second term as president, Scott Melton ’04 will serve a second term as president-elect and Pat Plexico Boutwell ’84 will serve a first term as secretary. Congratulations to these alumni, and thank you for serving your alma mater!

Nominations for the 2021 Alumni Awards will be accepted through Friday, July 30. The 2020 and 2021 Alumni Award recipients will be recognized in the fall at the Alumni Awards Dinner on Oct. 9. The awards ceremony will be live streamed via the Alumni Association’s Facebook page. To nominate a Winthrop graduate for the Alumni Distinguished Service Award, Alumni Professional Achievement Award or the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, complete the Alumni Awards Nomination Form for the respective award and submit to Lori Tuttle, executive director of alumni relations and reunion giving, at

The next reading period for the Virtual Alumni Book Club is Aug. 5-Oct. 7. We will read The Leavers: A Novel by Lisa Ko. In 2017, Ko’s critically acclaimed debut novel was a National Book Award Finalist, the Pen/Bellwether Prize for Fiction winner, and appeared on many “Best of 2017” lists. Join the free Virtual Alumni Book Club to participate!

The Winthrop Alumni Association is accepting applications for a candidate to serve as an alumni representative to the Board of Trustees, which includes two elected alumni representatives. In early 2022, the Alumni Association will hold an election to fill one seat for a six-year term beginning July 1, 2022. All members of the Board of Trustees must be primary residents of South Carolina. For more information, please refer to the bylaws of the Board of Trustees. If you would like to serve your alma mater in this capacity or wish to nominate a fellow alumnus, please complete the application form and e-mail to Lori Tuttle, executive director of alumni relations and reunion giving, at no later than Tuesday, Sept. 7. Candidates will be announced in late fall.

Reunion class save the date! If your class year ends in “1” or “6”, make plans to return to Rock Hill to celebrate your Class Reunion Weekend this fall! Due to continued social distancing guidelines and max occupancy restriction of 50 percent occupancy at this time, Winthrop will not be able to welcome back all alumni to campus for our traditional reunion weekend. To limit the number of alumni on campus, there will be three class reunion weekends. The Classes of 1965, 1966, 2006, 2011 and 2016 will celebrate on campus Oct. 8-9. The Classes of 1991, 1996 and 2001 will celebrate on campus Nov. 5-6. The Classes of 1945, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1976, 1981 and 1986 will celebrate on campus Nov. 12-13. Although reunion weekend will not be the traditional format, the Alumni Association plans to celebrate you! More information to come via mail and e-mail. Contact the Alumni Association at with questions.


Winthrop Ever Stand, 

Lori Tuttle
Executive Director of Alumni Relations

Last Updated: 7/27/21