Winthrop Board Re-elects Chair and Vice Chair
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Winthrop Board Re-elects Chair and Vice Chair

June 23, 2017

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 Both the chair and vice chair will serve one-year terms.
 Board of Trustee members also recognized the service of retiring board member Sue Smith-Rex, who retired from Winthrop's Richard W. Riley College of Education in 2002 after working 23 years as a faculty member in curriculum and instruction.

/uploadedImages/news/Articles/Folkens-Karlb.jpg Karl Folkens /uploadedImages/news/Articles/McCallG.jpg Glenn McCallROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — At its June 23 meeting, the Winthrop University Board of Trustees unanimously re-elected its chairman, Karl Folkens '78, and its vice chair, Glenn McCall.

Both will serve one-year terms.

Folkens, an attorney in Florence, South Carolina, has served 19 years on Winthrop's Board of Trustees, with five terms as board chair and six terms as vice-chair. He was first elected to one of the Winthrop Alumni Association seats for a four-year term before serving for the last 15 years - first in Congressional District 6 then, following redistricting, in District 7. As chair, Folkens is an ex-officio member to the Winthrop University Foundation Board of Directors.

McCall, elected as vice-chair of the Board of Trustees, is a retired senior vice president of Bank of America, where he led the consumer customer behavior analysis group. The Rock Hill resident 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.

Board of Trustee members also recognized the service of retiring board member Sue Smith-Rex, who retired from Winthrop's Richard W. Riley College of Education in 2002 after working 23 years as a faculty member in curriculum and instruction. She has served as a board member since 2005. The group also announced Smith-Rex's replacement, Sandra Stroman `73 and `76 of Chester, a retired teacher and consultant with SRS Educational Consulting.

In other board action, members:
* Recognized the service of John Bird, an English professor who as faculty chair served four years as the faculty representative to the board, and Beth West, outgoing chair of the Council of Student Leaders and the student representative to the board.
* Revised a 2000 board resolution affirming appropriate use of state funds to include expenses related to personnel searches.
* Voted to approve new procedures for expenditures related to group travel.

For more information, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or e-mail her at longshawj@winthrop.edu.

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