Winthrop trustees fire president

Published at 1:52 p.m. on June 26, 2014 | Modified at 1:52 p.m. on June 26, 2014

The Winthrop University board of trustees voted unanimously around noon on June 26, 2014 to fire President Jamie Comstock Williamson. The board, which suspended Williamson nearly two weeks before, voted after discussing her employment behind closed doors for more than two hours. Provost Debra Boyd was named acting president. Board Chairwoman Kathy Bigham read from a statement, which includes: "The actions finalized today have been difficult, yet are based on extensive and detailed factual inquiry. Candor and trust between the president and the board are crucial to the university, and any university, to thrive. And once candor and trust are irretrievably broken, decisions must be made to chart a different course."

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