Winthrop University: Foundation
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Winthrop University Foundation
302 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-4550 (Fax)

Winthrop University Foundation

About Us

The Winthrop University Foundation, Inc. is designated a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation was created in 1973, but expanded in 1993 for the purpose of managing assets and maintaining gift records for the benefit of Winthrop University.

The current mission of the Foundation, which is governed by a volunteer board, is to support and enhance Winthrop University by encouraging alumni and friends to provide private funds and other resources for the university's benefit, to manage those assets, and to provide volunteer leadership in support of the university's objectives.

The Foundation is the principal recipient of private gifts from alumni and friends of the university. It also manages and distributes restricted and unrestricted endowment gifts, deferred gifts, and special gifts to build and maintain programs at Winthrop University. Gifts of cash, negotiable securities, and deferred gifts support endowed chairs, endowed professorships, scholarships, awards, faculty enrichment programs, and other educational services of the university. Copy SC Certification, 1973.

 Mary Spann Richardson family picture


An honorary degree was conferred posthumously to Mary Spann Richardson LeNoir, a member of the Class of 1942, during Winthrop University’s Commencement on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Pictured are her daughter, Vickie LeNoir Saunders ’79 ‘81 holding the honorary degree, her son Rowland Alston to Vickie’s left, her son Bill LeNoir to Vickie’s right along with other family members including three grandchildren. Vickie’s husband, Frasier Saunders, III and her son, Frasier Saunders, IV are also Winthrop alumni.  

Mary’s family has made sure her legacy remains intact at Winthrop. At the annual Faculty, Staff and Retirees Awards Ceremony each spring, the Mary Spann Richardson Award is given to a faculty or staff member who has provided exceptional service to Winthrop. The award was established by siblings Rowland Alston, Bill LeNoir and Vickie LeNoir Saunders ’79 ’81 in memory of their mother.


Last Updated: 9/12/19