Winthrop's new president contract being finalized

dworthington@heraldonline.comMarch 27, 2013 

— Members of the Winthrop University Board of Trustees are expected to vote on the contract for incoming President Jayne Marie Comstock at their April meeting.

Comstock was selected in March to replace Anthony DiGiorgio who is retiring. DiGiorgio has led the university for 24 years.

Comstock, most recently the director of the Executive Leadership Group for American Council on Education in Washington D.C., starts at Winthrop on July 1. She is the university’s 10th president.

Dalton Floyd Jr., trustees chairman, said Wednesday that lawyers are working on the final details of the contract.

Members of the South Carolina Agency Head Salary Commission have set Comstock’s yearly salary at $169,970 – the same as DiGiorgio’s salary.

In other action Wednesday, the board decided to delay discussion on student fees until its June meeting, waiting on more financial information from the Legislature.

DiGiorgio also briefed the board on how the recent federal budget cuts, commonly called sequestration, are affecting Winthrop. He said most of the cuts have been forestalled with Congress’ continuing funding resolution. He estimated that if the sequestration cuts “take hold” Winthrop could lose about $300,000 in real money.”

For students, DiGiorgio said, Pell grants “are assured through next year.” Pell grants are needs-based grants that are intended to provide low-income students access to higher education.

Don Worthington •  803-329-4066

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