Winthrop University names interim police leader as new chief

Ken Scoggins
Ken Scoggins

Kenneth Scoggins will serve as Winthrop University’s chief of police on a full-time basis after serving on an interim status for the past several months.

Scoggins, a law enforcement professional for the past 30 years, had been serving in the spot after former chief Frank Zebedis retired in August.

Scoggins will earn $80,000 a year, according to Winthrop University spokesperson Judy Longshaw.

Scoggins has served at the Winthrop Police Department for the past 16 years. He will now oversee a staff of 25, and will be responsible for all budget and operational aspects of Campus Police, in addition to advising the university’s critical incident management team.

Before joining Winthrop in 2001, Scoggins served as a sergeant and detective with the Rock Hill Police Department.

Scoggins has served in several roles at Winthrop, including police officer, sergeant, assistant chief and most recently as interim chief.

“Ken has excelled in those positions while earning the respect of his colleagues,” said Frank Ardaiolo, vice president for student life. “We knew that he was the right person for this position.”

Winthrop said it narrowed down the applicants from across the nation to three finalists. Scoggins was selected, the school said, because of his experience and extensive knowledge of law enforcement on a residential campus.

He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Zebedis told school officials early last fall that he was retiring to Florida.

David Thackham: 803-329-4066, @dthackham