Faculty and Staff - March 31, 2021

Dear Colleagues:  

Spring. It’s a season that symbolizes rebirth, rejuvenation and re-emergence. After the last year that we all have endured, I can say that this spring feels different…full of hope and promise of brighter and sunnier days ahead. Perhaps like you, I find myself appreciating the small things like never before, such as the beautiful blooms of the dogwood trees across campus and the birds chirping during my early morning walks with our dog, Curry. 

I am optimistic that with the increased availability of COVID-19 vaccines and the diminishing case counts across the region, Winthrop will return this fall to a sense of normalcy for which we all have longed.  

Although the last year has looked different for Winthrop, there is still so much happening that I am happy to share with you in this edition of the Winthrop Magazine.

I encourage you to read about: 

  • The $1 million gift recently given by Leonard A. Lauder in honor of our own Ida Crawford Stewart ’43. This incredible gift will benefit our College of Visual and Performing Arts’ students and faculty members for years to come;
  • Winthrop women who made history, and a recent S.C. House resolution that acknowledges four of the women’s contributions to Winthrop’s integration efforts;
  • Campus-wide initiatives that are underway to ensure the university’s long-term health and success;
  • Compelling profiles on Brian Jones ’96, who oversees the new Rock Hill Sports & Event Center, and psychology major Clara Benson, who created a much-needed nonprofit in her community; as well as
  • The latest campus news, alumni news and university advancement updates.

Please 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. 

I have so much appreciation and respect for your work and contributions throughout this past year, and I look forward to our continued work together on behalf of Winthrop. Brighter days are ahead!



George Hynd

Interim President