Meeting of the Winthrop University Board of Trustees

February 18-20, 2011
Gold Room, DiGiorgio Campus Center
Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

Members present: Kathy Bigham (Chair), Janet Smalley, Tim Sease, , Donna Tinsley, Karl Folkens, Frances Davenport, Jane LaRoche, David Vipperman, Dalton Floyd, Bob Thompson, Scott Talley, Anthony J. DiGiorgio (ex officio).

Members absent: Sue Smith-Rex

Representatives present: Marsha Bollinger, Faculty Representative, Sydney Evans, Student Representative

Representatives absent: None

Others present: Glenn McCall, Kimberly Faust, Rebecca Masters, DeeAnna Brooks, Brien Lewis

The Board of Trustees met on Friday, February 18 through 20, 2011 on the campus of Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.

Call to Order

Chair Bigham called the meeting to order at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, February 18. As there were no requests made for public comments, Chair Bigham welcomed the trustees to the retreat by summarizing the agenda and events scheduled for the weekend.

Approval of Minutes of November 5, 2010

Karl Folkens moved, seconded by Bob Thompson, the Board approve the minutes as presented. This motion was approved unanimously by voice vote.

Report of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Board

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees met on campus on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. The Executive Committee reviewed and discussed several matters.

Bigham reported the vast majority of the materials reviewed during the Executive Committee meeting have been provided to the Board in the most recent packet of updates. In addition, many issues discussed will be a part of this weekend's agendas or within the retreat presentations.

The Executive Committee also had an executive session for discussion of legal, personnel, and contractual matters. No action was taken in the executive session.

Chair Bigham brought forth upon recommendation of the Executive Committee a resolution to honor Mr. Tommy Pope for his meritorious service to the Winthrop Board of Trustees during his tenure from 2009 to 20011 as the designee of Governor Mark Sanford. Mr. Pope's tenure ended with his election to South Carolina House of Representatives. As this resolution came from a standing committee, a second was not needed. The motion passed unanimously.

Executive Session

Tim Sease moved, seconded by Frances Davenport, the Board move into executive session for the discussion of personnel, contractual, and legal issues.

While still in executive session, the Board recessed at 5:00 p.m. with plans to resume at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday in the Gold Room of the DiGiorgio Campus Center.

On Saturday Chair Bigham resumed the executive session at 8:47 a.m. and recessed at 4:35 p.m. with plans to resume at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

On Sunday Chair Bigham resumed the executive session at 9:02 a.m. After various discussions of legal, personnel and contractual matters, Janet Smalley moved, seconded by Scott Talley, to end the executive session and move back into public session with no actions taken.

Chair Bigham yielded the floor to President DiGiorgio who summarized his plan for briefing the campus constituents on the Readiness Winthrop Initiative and the expected budget for 2011-12. The Faculty Committee on University Priorities will be briefed on these matters at their upcoming meeting on March 24 with the Executive Officers. Shortly thereafter, the President intends to have a campus-wide meeting with the faculty and staff to review progress of the Readiness Winthrop Initiative to date as well as update the campus on the state budget process and what it means for Winthrop.

Old Business

There was no old business.

New Business

There was no new business.


Hearing no objections, Chair Bigham adjourned the meeting at 12:15 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Kimberly Faust, Secretary to the Board