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125th Milestone

In 1886, David Bancroft Johnson successfully petitioned Boston philanthropist Robert C. Winthrop and the Peabody Fund for seed money to form a school for the training of teachers.  This year the campus community commemorated Winthrop’s 125 years as an educational leader in South Carolina with:

The 2010 Heritage Tree

Standing as a campus landmark for decades, Tillman Hall’s Southern Magnolia became South Carolina’s 2010 Heritage Tree.  Each year, Trees, SC honors a different historic tree that evokes great community spirit.


The traditional welcome for freshmen, Convocation, ushered in Winthrop’s 125th academic year. Keynote speaker Edward Lee ’83, associate professor of history, looked back at the New South created during the era of Winthrop’s birth when visionaries like David Bancroft Johnson focused on the future of the region.

Medal of Honor

During this ninth year for Medal of Honor in the Arts, the most prestigious award presented by the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the university honored Joanne Lunt, emeritus professor of dance; Alf Ward, emeritus professor of art and design; and Hazel ‘69 and Murray Somerville, church musicians and music directors.  The award also was bestowed posthumously on David Bancroft Johnson, recognizing his commitment to the arts program as part of his lasting legacy.

Teams of Distinction

The January Teams of Distinction ceremony, a unique way to honor 15 teams who achieved milestones in their sport, celebrated decades of Winthrop athletics. Hosted by the Athletics Hall of Fame committee, the event attracted nearly 300 to honor the selected former student-athletes. NCAA President Mark Emmert delivered the keynote address and emphasized that intercollegiate athletics is about providing talented and skilled student-athletes with the support to be successful in life.