Comstock’s investiture to celebrate women at Winthrop

adouglas@heraldonline.comFebruary 11, 2014 

Winthrop University next month will celebrate Jayne Marie Comstock’s first year as the 10th president of the school.

Comstock is the only female president of a public university in South Carolina and Winthrop’s second female president.

Winthrop’s Board of Trustees hired her in February 2013 to replace longtime President Anthony DiGiorgio after he retired. Comstock took over on July 1.

School officials in a press release said Comstock is “a visionary and inspirational leader” who has “charted a bold course for Winthrop’s future in order to redefine public higher education.”

Winthrop will hold Comstock’s investiture ceremony at 2 p.m. March 28 at Byrnes Auditorium. There will be a community reception immediately following.

During the inauguration week of March 24-29, events will include a variety of faculty-led lectures, art and research exhibitions, performances, athletic events, service activities and the annual Model United Nations conference.

Trustees Chairwoman Kathy Bigham, a Winthrop graduate, said the range of activities will “showcase the depth and breadth of university life.”

“Some of the activities celebrate the contributions of women to our state, which is particularly appropriate,” Bigham said, “while others explore the rich and varied programs offered at the university.”

To coordinate with Comstock’s inauguration and her future plans for Winthrop, the university has established a “Dare to Rise” fund to support student access to quality higher education. The fund-raising effort will support academic resources for students and some needs-based scholarships.

For more information on the inauguration events and the “Dare to Rise” fund, go to

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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