ROCKHILL, S.C. -- On the heels of Winthrop University President Jamie Comstock Williamson's ousting, the acting Winthrop president is reaching out to the public.

Last week, the Winthrop University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to fire Comstock Williamson amid allegations of providing false information, nepotism and rude behavior toward co-workers.

Tuesday afternoon, acting Winthrop University President Debra C. Boyd, who was appointed just minutes after Comstock Williamson's firing, released the following letter:

Dear Winthrop Family and Friends:

All who care about Winthrop share concern over recent events reported in the local, statewide,
and national news media involving Winthrop s leadership. Those events, as you may know, culminated in the termination of Dr. Jamie Comstock Williamson s presidency. I am writing to you
today to assure you that the mission-critical work of our university continues. History tells us
that the Winthrop community is resilient in the face of challenges. At times in our past, difficult
decisions had to be made; and our leaders have used the opportunities that came from necessary
change to enhance this institution and especially the educational experience offered to students.
From such challenges, Winthrop has emerged stronger and more responsive to the needs of our
state, nation, and world. We will do so again.

Winthrop has always been about teamwork. The successes of the past came from the hard work
and perseverance of many individuals across our campus, within our alumni base, and from
friends near and far. Indeed, the promise of the future, likewise, will depend on an enthusiastic
team effort, one that everyone with whom I ve talked in recent days is poised to deliver. As we
consider our search for a new president, I am honored to serve Winthrop in the role of Acting
President because I know that I am doing so in partnership with all of you.

This period of transition provides each of us with heightened opportunities to demonstrate our
belief in Winthrop s lasting value. There are Winthrop testimonies to be made to neighbors and
prospective Winthrop students, financial contributions to scholarship funds for students who
could not otherwise access a Winthrop education, and countless other ways to assist Winthrop as
it moves forward in the good work for which our university is known.

Thank you for supporting Winthrop University. Stay in touch.


Debra C. Boyd, Ph.D.
Acting President

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