Faculty and Staff - July 29, 2021

Dear Colleagues:

I hope your summer is going well, and that you are as excited as I am about soon ushering in Winthrop’s 136th academic year. As I’ve shared with you before, our current plan for the fall semester is to get back to as normal operations as possible and to provide our students with the best and safest college experience as we can. It will take teamwork and dedication, but we know that Winthrop is up to the challenge. As always, I appreciate your leadership and guidance as we make and move forward with these important preparations.

I am proud to share with you the latest edition of the Winthrop Magazine. In this edition, you’ll find a variety of compelling stories, including a new and exciting literacy initiative made possible by trustee Gary Williams and his wife, Peggy. I know we all appreciate the generosity of the Williamses and their commitment to Winthrop.

Other items include: 

-The vision and direction that Library Dean Kaetrena Davis Kendrick ’95 has in mind for the continued evolution of the Ida Jane Dacus Library;

-A look at Winthrop’s civic literacy efforts that educate students on how to be informed citizens and voters;

-Compelling profiles on faculty member Philip Gibson, who has elevated our financial planning program to award-winning levels; Josh Demarest ’14, who is bringing diversity into the publishing industry; speech pathologists Clay Hadden ’04 and Jessica Berry ’08, who discussed how the pandemic changed the way they deliver vital services to kids; and James Wells ’11, who works for Crayola, one of the biggest art companies in the world; and

-The latest campus news, alumni news and university advancement updates.

I encourage you to explore the magazine by clicking on the link above. Please share the magazine with anyone who may be interested in all that is happening at Winthrop.


Thank you again for all that you do for Winthrop, and I look forward to talking with you soon. 



George W. Hynd

Interim President