Select remarks from the Feb. 18 announcement of Edward A. Serna as President of Winthrop University


“My time as a nontraditional student at Winthrop University had a transformative impact on my life and launched my lifelong passion for the critical mission of public higher education. As an alumnus who cares deeply for this special place, I will always owe Winthrop a great debt.”

“A prosperous, sustainable future for Winthrop requires a bold vision with clear goals, pursued within a structural and cultural framework that supports agility, collaboration and innovation.”

“In my time leading public institutions, I have demonstrated the aptitude to successfully lead a campus in this work with authenticity, honesty, transparency, and data-informed decision-making.”

“My experience at Winthrop is what drove me to change careers to serve public higher education. The opportunity to return to a campus community that made such a profound difference in my life is truly a blessing. Lauren, the girls and I can’t wait to get to Rock Hill and meet the community this summer.”