Fired Winthrop University President Jamie Comstock Williamson speaks in exclusive interview, one year after her dismissal, about the nepotism complaint, her relations with trustees, and other issues facing the Rock Hill school.
Fired Winthrop President Jamie Comstock Williamson accuses Board of Trustees Chairwoman Kathy Bigham of directing her to pressure the school police chief to have student arrest charges dropped. The case, handled by Rock Hill city court, involved a “bait bike.”
Editor’s note: Jamie Comstock Williamson was fired in June 2014 after just 11 months as president of Winthrop University. Since then, she has declined to answer questions about her dismissal, including the reasons Winthrop board members gave for terminating her. In late May, The Herald met with Williamson and her husband, Larry, over two days in Florida. This is the fourth of a five-part series from those interviews.
Blistering employee statements about former Winthrop University President Jamie Comstock Williamson’s alleged bullying behavior during her first year on the job were gathered by the school’s trustees in an attempt to discredit her, Williamson claims.
Winthrop University’s former President Jamie Comstock Williamson contends some of trustees who fired her – alleging nepotism and other ethical problems – had approved on her husband’s part-time campus job. The South Carolina Ethics Commission will rule soon whether she broke the law.
Winthrop University’s new president made one of his first public appearances before York County SC business leaders on Friday. Dan Mahony talked about stronger ties between the university and businesses to create more opportunities for students and faculty.