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Community thanks Winthrop's acting president Boyd for her 'steady hand' during transition

Winthrop University Acting President Debra Boyd, left, hugs Norma Thompson, wife of former Winthrop board chair Bob Thompson, Monday after community leaders honored Boyd for guiding the university during the last year. She will resume her provost duties.
Winthrop University Acting President Debra Boyd, left, hugs Norma Thompson, wife of former Winthrop board chair Bob Thompson, Monday after community leaders honored Boyd for guiding the university during the last year. She will resume her provost duties. posmundson@heraldonline.com

About 50 Rock Hill-area community leaders thanked Winthrop University Acting President Debra Boyd Monday for leading the school during the last year.

Boyd, who also is the school’s provost, was appointed acting president in June 2014 after former president Jamie Williamson Comstock was fired by the Winthrop board. Boyd will resume her provost responsibilities full time after Dan Mahony becomes the school’s 11th president on July 1.

About 50 people gathered at Winthrop University Monday to honor the school's acting president, Debra Boyd.

“You have shown amazing leadership this past year in a particularly challenging time for the university,” said Publisher Debbie Abels of The Herald, who led the gathering outside of Joynes Hall on the Winthrop campus. “The university has moved forward without missing a beat.”

The group also dedicated a hazelnut tree in honor of Boyd’s service. A marker next to the tree notes Boyd’s “exceptional leadership” as acting president.

State Rep. Gary Simrill, R-Rock Hill, presented Boyd a joint resolution from the General Assembly praising her work. “You were the right person at the right time; a steady hand on the wheel of this institution,” Simrill said.

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