WHEREAS, pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. §59–125–1, et. seq., the Board of Trustees of Winthrop University is created and established as a body corporate for the purpose of effectuating the educational mission of Winthrop University; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Winthrop University Board of Trustees Bylaws, it is the Board of Trustee’s duty to oversee the University’s external relations, including the development of public and private business partnerships, and intergovernmental relationships; and

WHEREAS, in compliance with the South Carolina Procurement Code, Winthrop University solicited services for external public and private business partnership development activities and intergovernmental relationship consulting services, through a competitive bidding process; and

WHEREAS, Canon Strategic LLC was the successful bidder, demonstrating unique qualifications to provide the solicited services on a non-exclusive basis for and on behalf of the University; and

WHEREAS, the scope of services to be provided by Canon Strategic LLC includes, but is not limited to, business partnership development; advising on local and state governmental and legislative matters; lobbying services in compliance with applicable state laws and regulations; and being available for advice and counsel to the University and Board of Trustees; and

WHEREAS, the deliverables and values anticipated from the services provided by Canon Strategic LLC include collaboration with leadership to support the marketing and branding efforts of the University, fostering business investments through state and regional partnerships and strategic alliances, attracting new ventures, advising on opportunities for growth and potential risks, developing and implementing strategic initiatives to grow revenue, and engaging with diverse potential stakeholders to expand the University’s reach and impact;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that on March 13th, the Winthrop University Board of Trustees hereby adopts the ratification of the vendor services contract with Canon Strategic LLC, which includes the scope of services outlined and synthesizes the objectives listed, to serve the best interests of Winthrop University;

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary to the Board of Trustees shall certify that the Winthrop University Board of Trustees approved this resolution on March 13, 2024, in a regular meeting scheduled by the Winthrop University Board of Trustees. Such resolution shall be maintained and publicly posted by the Secretary of the Board in a time and manner as required by law.

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