WHEREAS, Thomas Hickman served Winthrop Athletics for twenty seven years with twenty of those years as athletic director, Winthrop University with grateful appreciation, does hereby acknowledge, commend and honor Tom Hickman as the longest serving athletic director in Winthrop and Big South Conference history; and

WHEREAS, Tom provided oversight to more than $20 million in new facility construction and facility improvements as well as the addition of women's soccer, women's lacrosse and men's and women's indoor track and field; and

WHEREAS, under Tom's leadership the Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame was created as a way to honor the individuals who left their mark on Winthrop's athletics program, and to recognize the pioneers and leaders who have helped direct the successful evolution of Winthrop athletics from its years as an all-female school, to a quality NCAA Division I coeducational program; and

WHEREAS, during Tom's tenure, Winthrop has captured 48 Big South Championships and made 48 NCAA team appearances, earned the Big South All-Sports Men's Cup, was awarded the Kallander Cup four times by the Big South Conference for the community service work by our student-athletes; and

WHEREAS, with his influence and guidance, our student-athletes consistently rank at or near the top of the conference schools for academic achievement;

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Winthrop University Board of Trustees and President Mahony, on behalf of the students, faculty and staff at Winthrop University, do hereby convey their deep respect and profound gratitude to Mr. Thomas Hickman, and do commend him for his loyalty and service to Winthrop University.

June 10, 2016