Winthrop Board of Trustees Elects Officers

June 28, 2019


  • Chairman Glenn McCall and Vice Chair Kathy Bigham were re-elected as officers at the Board of Trustees' June 28 meeting.
  • Both are Rock Hill residents and will serve one-year terms beginning July 1.

Glenn McCall
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — Members of the Winthrop University Board of Trustees unanimously re-elected Chairman Glenn McCall to lead the university’s governing body. Kathy Bigham was re-elected as vice chair. The two were selected during the board’s June 28 meeting.

Both are Rock Hill residents and will serve one-year terms beginning July 1.

McCall is a retired senior vice president of Bank of America, where he led the consumer customer behavior analysis group. He was first appointed to the Winthrop board in 2011 as the education superintendent designee. He was then legislatively appointed to an at-large seat in 2014. McCall also is chair of the budget committee for the Republican National Committee and is co-chair for the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 GOP convention to be held in Charlotte.

As chair, McCall is an ex-officio member to the Winthrop University Foundation Board of Directors.

Bigham, who retired as president of Thursdays Too restaurant in Rock Hill, is a 1973 Winthrop graduate. First appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2003 as the governor's designee, she resigned from that position in 2006 and successfully ran for a legislatively elected seat in the same year. In the past 13 years, Bigham has served as chair, vice chair, committee chair and head of the search committee when President Dan Mahony was selected.

In other board action, members:
* Recognized with resolutions the service of outgoing board member Don Long, who was the appointee for Governor Henry McMaster; Michael Lipscomb, the Faculty Conference representative; and Ximena Perez-Velasco, the student body representative. A special resolution was presented to Debra Boyd, Winthrop’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, who has led academics at Winthrop since 2011 and departs the job on June 30 with the title of provost emeritus. She will take a year-long sabbatical after which she will return as a professor in the English department.
* Approved waiving the GMAT test score for acceptance into the online MBA program.
* Approved the class and compensation policy, which articulates the university's strategy and guiding principles for how employee pay will be determined, managed and communicated.
* Approved President Mahony’s annual agency head performance evaluation with a rating of meets expectations.
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