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;

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Winthrop University Board of Trustees Bylaws art. II, it is the Board of Trustees’ duty to “provide oversight of the University’s mission”;

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of Winthrop University is empowered by its bylaws and state law to select and empower the President to operate the university under the strategic direction of the Board’s expressed mission, vision, and values;

WHEREAS, the administration of Winthrop University, under the leadership of President Edward A. Serna, Ed.D., has submitted a strategic plan for approval by the Board of Trustees;

WHEREAS, it is the goal of Winthrop University to become a national model for a student-centered university experience;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that on April 25, 2024, the Winthrop University Board of Trustees hereby adopts the strategic plan submitted by the Administration, centering on the following pillars:

1. Support inclusive excellence by expanding our impact on students and our communities through enrollment growth             and increases in retention and graduation rates.
2. Continually enhance the quality of the Winthrop experience for all students by promoting a culture of innovation,                 with an emphasis on global and community engagement.
3. Attract and retain high quality and diverse faculty, staff, and administrators.
4. Provide facilities, technology, and programs that support Winthrop students and the overall Winthrop experience.
5. Ensure financial stability and sustainability.

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary to the Board of Trustees shall certify that the Winthrop University Board of Trustees approved this resolution on April 25, 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.