Winthrop University hosted its new president Jayne Marie Comstock on Thursday celebrating her arrival and the number 10.
Comstock the universitys 10th president gave a short speech, sharing her top 10 reasons for choosing Winthrop.
While the schools trustees Chairman Dalton Floyd introduced Comstock, he gave the boards top 10 reasons for hiring her.
Beyond Comstocks professional and educational qualifications, Floyd said, the new president will fit right in when she takes office in Tillman Hall on July 1.
Floyd trusts Comstocks leadership, he said, and feels certain shell get along socially with colleagues in the presidents office because shes well-read, loves chocolate and red wine.
Theres a long-standing Winthrop president (tradition) that shouldnt be broken, he said. And garnet wine is one of them.
During the campus visit, board members gave Comstock several gifts with garnet themes one of Winthrops two school colors.
Winthrop, Comstock said, has captured her heart.
She and her husband, Larry Williamson, spent Thursday afternoon in Winthrops West Center with about 140 people from the campus mostly faculty and staff members there to greet the universitys next first couple.
Winthrop University is our campus home, and Rock Hill is our new hometown, she said.
Comstock has spent more than 20 years working in higher education first as a professor and most recently at the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., as director of the organizations executive leadership group.
Winthrops presidential post is her first time as a university president, not counting times she served as Butler Universitys interim president.
Her time at Winthrop, she said, will close out her career.
I expect this to be my last job, Comstock said.
On Thursday, she held up a file folder full of congratulatory emails and cards that she says shell put into a scrapbook soon.
Among her top 10 reasons for accepting the Winthrop post are the universitys top-notch academic programs, its focus on global learning and the groundswell of support for Winthrop across the region, Comstock said.
Winthrop is consistently ranked as one of the nations best public institutions, she said.
But I think theres still good work for us to do here, Comstock said. The best is still yet to come for Winthrop.
Faculty members clapped when Comstock said she wants to help every Winthrop student succeed and noted that the universitys athletes record some of the highest grades and graduation rates.
That success, she said, should be the goal for all students not just athletes.
Comstock a one-time cheerleader told the crowd, You can count on me to be the number one cheerleader for our Winthrop Eagles.
She asked the campus community to give her their best advice and continue the show of support on display Thursday.
We want to make this place our home, she said.
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