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August 27, 2014

S.C. University Wants Foundation to Pay for President Search

Winthrop University trustees will seek to have the Rock Hill, S.C., school's nonprofit fundraising arm to cover the cost of finding a new campus president, The Herald of Rock Hill writes. The board voted unanimously on Monday to enter talks with the Winthrop University Foundation about footing the bill for the search, which could cost up to $150,000.

Jamie Comstock Williamson, hired as Winthrop's president in February 2013 after a university-funded search, was fired less than a year after taking office. The foundation, which traditionally provides a supplement to the president's salary, is an appropriate place to find funds for the process, said Karl Folkens, vice chairman of the board of trustees. The foundation's Board of Directors could decide on the request next month.