Winthrop University President Jayne Marie Comstock presented her schools annual budget request to the legislature on Jan. 15. The university is asking that state officials provide an additional $886,200 to help pay for some academic programs including:
• $60,000 to support an existing program with York Technical College that allows York Tech students to easily transfer to Winthrop after two years of study.
• $40,500 to support student-athlete academic resources on campus.
• $623,700 to pay for professors or specialists in fields supporting workforce development such as biology, chemistry and human nutrition.
• $162,000 to pay for faculty in Winthrops College of Business and social work department two areas in high demand by students.
Comstock also asked state legislators to consider allocating money for major improvements needed on campus including:
• $2.9 million to pay for a new roof on Winthrops Withers Building a century-old academic building that houses a school for children and its teacher preparation classes.
• A $50 million capital bond, backed by the state, to build a library and technology hub. In 2010, the library was estimated to cost $50 million. It has been designed to serve up to 12,000 students and faculty nearly double Winthrops current student population.
• $1.5 million to pay for renovations in Byrnes Auditorium to bring the building up to standards established under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
• Nearly $3 million for other improvements to Byrnes and multiple projects needed in Winthrops music, theater and design programs.
Anna Douglas • 803-329-4068