Meeting of the Winthrop University Board of Trustees

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Teleconference originating in the Thomson Conference Room, Tillman Hall
Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC


Members present: Kathy Bigham, Julie Fowler, Donna Glenn Holley, Tim Hopkins, Dr. Jane LaRoche, Glenn McCall, Tim Sease, Robby Sisco, Janet Smalley, Sandra Stroman, Isaiah Venning, Ashlye Wilkerson, Gary Williams

Members absent: Ed Driggers, Dr. Randy Imler

Representatives present: Imani Belton, Student Representative; Dr. Adolphus Belk, Jr. Faculty Representative

Representatives absent: None

Others present: Savannah Scott of The Johnsonian, Sarah Obeid of CN2, Nicole Chisari, Tammie Phillips, Kirk McSwain, Caroline Overcash, Lisa Cowart, Dr. Kimberly Faust


The Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 on the campus of Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.


Call to Order

Chair McCall called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. in the Thomson Conference Room, Tillman Hall. He welcomed all present.


Executive Session

Gary Williams moved with a second from Janet Smalley to move into executive session pursuant to South Carolina Ann. §30-4-70(a)(1) for the purpose a discussion of proposed contractual arrangements. The vote was unanimous in favor of the motion. Kimberly Faust, Lisa Cowart, and Caroline Overcash were invited to remain for portions of the executive session.

Tim Sease moved with a second from Robby Sisco to end the executive session with no report. The vote was unanimous in favor of the motion.


Consideration of employment contract for the appointed Interim President

Gary Williams made a motion with a second from Sandra Stroman to approve the employment contract for Dr. George W. Hynd as interim president of Winthrop University commencing on March 1, 2020 and terminating on June 30, 2022. The vote was unanimous in favor of Dr. Hynd’s employment contract.

Duties listed in the contract include overseeing, maintaining and improving the quality of education provided by the University; maintaining and enhancing the University’s reputation with the public and in the educational community; representing the University at official functions, meetings with state legislators and the Governor, as well as other government events; working diligently to raise funds for the University, including building and maintaining relationships with members of the South Carolina General Assembly, alumni, donors, and potential donors, and other entities and individuals which have influence over sources of funds for the University; carrying out any lawful objectives set by the Board of Trustees; and appointing, supervising, promoting, disciplining, and dismissing employees in accord with applicable laws and University policies.

Additionally, the contract included awarding faculty status to Dr. Hynd for the length of the contract based on his outstanding history of contributions to higher education in general and specifically in the field of neuropsychology.

Per South Carolina Agency Head Salary Commission rules, Dr. Hynd will receive $183,313 annual salary.


Consideration of Foundation supplement to the employment contract for the appointed Interim President

Tim Hopkins motioned with a second from Kathy Bigham to approve a supplemental salary for the Interim President from the Winthrop University Foundation. The vote was unanimous in favor of the resolution.

Upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Board chair may negotiate with the Winthrop Foundation additional payment and benefits to the extent permitted by state Regulations. The provision of such additional payment and benefits to the Interim President is at the sole discretion of the Winthrop Foundation. However, the Board of Trustees must approve any supplement in salary or benefits to the Interim President.

The salary supplement for 2020 is $138,021 for 2020.



Hearing no objections, Chair McCall adjourned the meeting at 12:25 p.m.


Minutes submitted by Kimberly A. Faust, Secretary to the Board