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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A state panel has decided Winthrop University's interim president should continue to receive her current salary.

Provost Debra Boyd took over last month when Winthrop trustees suspended, then fired, Jamie Comstock Williamson, less than a year into her tenure.

Trustees said Williamson violated the university's nepotism policy by hiring her husband for a part-time job, provided false information and was demeaning and rude. Williamson has denied all the complaints and threatened to sue.

The Agency Head Salary Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved trustees' request to maintain Boyd's salary at nearly $163,000.

That's how much Boyd has made since July 1, when all state employees received a 2 percent cost-of-living increase.

Williamson was making $300,000 a year - nearly $170,000 from the state and $130,000 from the Winthrop University Foundation.

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