Faculty and Staff - December 5, 2022

At the Thursday, Dec. 1, called meeting, the Winthrop University Board of Trustees took the following action:

The Board voted to proceed with recent bids for fire alarm replacement projects for Thurmond and McBryde. State funds were designated for this purpose and already have made possible the similar work in Johnson that is wrapping up. The next building to have the fire alarm system replaced will be Bancroft, which is currently in the later phases of design.

The Board voted to establish the Morgan-Holcombe Alumni Center within Stewart House as soon as possible. There were several compelling reasons for this change in location, including the recent procurement failure for the Joynes Hall renovation which gave the team an opportunity to reconsider options. Renovating Stewart House to house the Morgan-Holcombe Alumni Center returns to a concept the donors supported some years ago and have recently endorsed once again. Stewart House is a visible, historic, major campus asset for Winthrop, provides easier access for older alumni and donors, and offers additional naming opportunities. Alumni Relations, the Foundation Office, and Advancement Services will be housed in the space.

The Board voted to give permission to Winthrop administration to proceed with negotiations with two bidders, via the State Real Property Division, for approximately 8,000 sq. feet of office space to house the growing esports team. Two bids were received from local property owners, and those bids need to be further refined so that equitable comparison between the two spaces can be made. 

The board voted to approve 63 course fee changes for the Spring 2023 semester. Many of these were to reflect increasing costs for software, equipment or supplies used in courses due to inflation. Others were fees applied to new courses, and in a few cases, fees were lowered due to procurement of lower cost supplies.


Edward A. Serna