News In Brief - March 28, 2008

Stacy to try to unseat Moss in House District 29

Republican Danny Stacy wants another shot at defeating Dennis Moss.

Stacy announced this week that he will run again for the District 29 House seat held by Moss.

Moss, a Democrat, beat Stacy two years ago to take the seat, which covers western York County and parts of Chester and Cherokee counties. A former state trooper, Moss serves as third vice chairman of the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee.

Stacy is a lifelong Gaffney resident who supports what he calls a "core conservative platform" of lower taxes, less government and immigration reform.

Candidate filing opened March 17 and continues through Sunday.

Winthrop names graduate school dean

Winthrop University has a new dean of the Graduate School.

Yvonne Murnane, director of graduate studies at the State University of New York College at Cortland, will assume the position July 1, Winthrop officials announced Thursday.

Murnane will oversee the Graduate School, which includes 24 graduate degree programs, and summer school.

She comes to Winthrop after five years at SUNY Cortland, where she led reorganization efforts of that school's graduate school program.

At Winthrop, Murnane will work with other deans and graduate directors in the various colleges to develop programs. She also will work to increase participation in summer school.

Murnane earned a bachelor's degree in English from Indiana University, a master's degree in reading and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Marquette University.