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Former Educator, Legislator Picked for Winthrop Board

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 Former high school principal and legislator Sam Foster will join the Winthrop Board of Trustees.
 Foster served 12 years in the state House of Representatives.

Sam Foster

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Sam Foster, a former educator and legislator from Rock Hill, has joined the Winthrop Board of Trustees as the designee for Jim Rex, the state superintendent of education.

His first function was attending the board’s annual retreat held on the Winthrop campus Feb. 9-11.

Foster served from 1968-1970 as the last principal for Emmett School High school before the school for black students closed. Then he became the first principal of Northwestern High School, where he led the newly integrated school from 1971-1977.

Foster later became an assistant superintendent for the Rock Hill school district. Voters elected Foster to the state House of Representatives from 1980-1992. The Rock Hill resident retired from the S.C. Employment Security Commission in 2000.

On the Winthrop board, Foster replaces Sanita Savage of Columbia, the designee for Inez Tenenbaum, the former state superintendent of education.

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