Alumni and Friends - February 6, 2024

Dear Friends:

I am excited to share with you that after many months of hard work and valuable input from various constituencies, we are close to launching our new strategic plan, Winthrop: United in Excellence. This new plan will help guide us for the next few years as we set our sights on accomplishing all that this robust plan outlines. I encourage you to read an overview of the new strategic plan on pages 2-3 of this Winthrop Magazine edition. I am excited to put this plan into action!

I also want to encourage you to read about other interesting features in this edition, including:

-Our students’ participation in creating public art projects for both on- and off-campus purposes;
-Fascinating and surprising finds in the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections;
-The origin of Winthrop’s beloved alma mater;
-Compelling profiles on alumnus Owen Reid ‘09, a former student-athlete who is now touring the world with his baseball consulting business, and Outstanding Junior Professor Jennifer Dixon-McKnight, who will soon have a book coming out on the 1960s Charleston Hospital Workers’ strike and who has revived the Association of Ebonites organization; and
-The latest campus happenings, alumni news and university advancement updates.

Finally, I want to encourage you to vote for an alumni representative to the Board of Trustees. You’ll find more information about the candidates and how to vote on p. 20. Our trustees provide exceptional leadership and guidance to Winthrop, so please make sure your voice is heard for an alumni-appointed representative to the board.

As always, thank you for your support and continued loyalty as we work together to ensure a bright future for this place that we love.

Always an Eagle,

Edward Serna '02