WHEREAS, John Paul "J.P." McKee served Winthrop University for an exceptional forty-one years with thirty of those years as Vice President for Finance and Business, Winthrop University with grateful appreciation does hereby acknowledge, commend and honor J.P. McKee as one of the longest serving Vice Presidents in Winthrop history; and

WHEREAS, J.P.'s dedicated leadership of the Finance and Business division through prosperous and challenging times and his unwavering stewardship of public funds have had a positive, long-term impact on the University. He embodied calm with his gentle and friendly manner, as well as financial stability with his deliberate and conservative fiscal oversight; and

WHEREAS, through restructuring of the finance units he enhanced cooperation and strengthened reporting and analysis capabilities while his sharp insight into interest rate changes resulted in timely refinancing of debt throughout the years, thus lowering debt service payments thereby generating significant cost savings for the University; and

WHEREAS, during his tenure at Winthrop J.P. managed more than $200 million in facility construction and improvements including the building of eleven new facilities, nineteen building renovations, modernization of the chilled water and electrical distribution systems, implementation of computing networks and systems, as well as numerous safety, security, and energy saving measures; and

WHEREAS, J.P. has been emblematic of the Winthrop spirit through his unwavering devotion to the University, having been known across campus for his omnipresence and willingness, day or night, to place the needs of Winthrop before his own;

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

APPROVED, this the 22nd day of June, 2018.