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Winthrop Board Elects Kathy Bigham as Chair and Gives 10 Retiring Faculty Emeritus Status

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 Rock Hill resident Kathy Bigham voted in as new board chair for a one-year term.
 Karl Folkens tapped as vice chair and Sue Smith-Rex as secretary.

Kathy Bigham
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop Board of Trustee members elected Rock Hill resident Kathy Bigham to a one-year term as board chair during their June 6 meeting. Two other board officers were elected, Florence attorney Karl Folkens as vice chair and retired education professor Sue Smith-Rex of Winnsboro, S.C., as secretary.

Bigham, who is president of Thursdays Too restaurant in Rock Hill, is a 1973 Winthrop graduate. She has served on numerous local committees, including the Winthrop Eagle Club, and on local and national political committees. The Rock Hill Chamber of Commerce selected Bigham as the 1996 Business Woman of the Year.

Her daughter, Kelly Talley, wife of South Carolina legislator Scott Talley, is a 2001 graduate of Winthrop.

Folkens of Folkens Law Firm is a 1978 graduate of Winthrop. He wrapped up his third term as board chair after previously serving in this capacity in the 1990s. Smith-Rex retired from Winthrop's Richard W. Riley College of Education in 2002 after working 23 years in curriculum and instruction. A board member since 2005, this is her first term as an officer.

The board also conferred emeritus status to 10 faculty members who recently retired with a combined total of 245 years of dedicated service. Retiring faculty members with 10 years or more of service are eligible for the honor.

They are: David Freeman, professor of fine arts; Ronnie Goolsby, professor of mathematics; Lorraine Gorrell, professor of music; Edward Haynes, associate professor of history; Dianne Hockett, assistant professor of management; Terry Norton, professor of education; Sue Peck, associate professor of education; Wilhelmenia Rembert, professor of social work; Margaret Tebo-Messina, professor of English; and Nell Walker, assistant professor of management.

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