Faculty and Staff - July 29, 2022


What an honor to be sending you my first monthly update as Winthrop’s president! This month has flown by, and I have to say, it’s good to be back. I’m thankful to be surrounded by folks who genuinely care about this institution specifically and public higher education in general. In all the information I’m digesting, one tidbit struck home: I learned I’m one of more than 200 alumni on the payroll, which is phenomenal! Alums or not, all of us chose Winthrop for a reason, and I challenge you to reconnect with what drew you here.  The most exhilarating time of year on a college campus begins next week; let’s tap that energy for our 137th academic year!

Convocation and Community PicnicThis annual kick off to the academic year comes back to the main campus after a brief hiatus. Mark your calendar for 11 a.m., Monday, August 22, and expect some changes aimed at making the experience more reflective of our incoming students’ enthusiasm. All the memorable aspects will remain – greetings, Blue Line, music and barbeque – with some new twists to take the excitement up a notch. Thanks to the Convocation Committee for re-envisioning this important event in welcoming our newest students. More details to come via email.

We’re Hiring! 

Like many other employers around town, Winthrop has positions to fill. You may know friends or family members who are looking for new opportunities. Please share with those you know that Winthrop is hiring with a variety of job opportunities. Continue to check the Human Resources website, and encourage those who you think would be a good fit to apply.

Summer Winthrop Magazine

The newest online Winthrop Magazine is now available. Please take a few minutes to read up on the Quality Enhancement Plan, the recent Close Scholars’ trip to Costa Rica, a Carnegie Hall tribute concert for Professor Emeritus of Music Bob Edgerton, and the latest Campus Beautification Initiative projects. A Q&A with me and profiles on alumnae Asiah Fulmore ’18, Jessica Koumas ’95 and this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Junior Professor Award, Claudia O’Steen, round out this edition. As a way to get our positive news out further in the community, please give the magazine a share on your personal social media.

Finally, I just want to say how excited my family and I are to be here. I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can. If you’re on social media, I hope you will follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Linked In to see what I’m up to. My wife, Lauren, also started her Instagram account earlier this week, so kindly give her a follow as well.


Edward A. SernaPresident