Winthrop University

Dan Mahony
Winthrop University

Winthrop University President Dan Mahony will leave the Rock Hill, South Carolina, school March 1 to become president of the Southern Illinois University System, Winthrop officials announced Tuesday.

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Former vice president Joe Biden is far ahead of other South Carolina Democrats in a Winthrop University poll released Tuesday.

Association of Ebonites as pictured in the Winthrop University yearbook in the early 1970s (click slide show for more pictures)
Karen Ross Grant

Today, numerous organizations cater to the cultural needs of students of color at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, which has an enrollment that is 60 percent white. That wasn’t the case in 1964, when Winthrop admitted its first black student.

Instead, they felt isolated and discriminated against. So, in 1969, they formed the Association of Ebonites — a place to get support, organize black cultural events and advocate for equal rights.

The Durham County elections board is defending itself against charges by Governor Pat McCrory’s campaign of wrongful or illegal conduct in last Tuesday’s ballot count. After troubles on Election Day, the heavily Democratic County reported 94,000 ballots late.

South Carolina Government

Over the past three weeks, the Winthrop Poll has been carrying out an ambitious survey, gauging the state of race relations in South Carolina. Thursday, the first round of the poll’s findings were released.

Winthrop Trustees Fire President

Jun 26, 2014
Duncan McFadyen

Winthrop University’s Board of Trustees Thursday fired the school’s president, Jamie Comstock Williamson, after less than a year on the job.


The best disc golfers in the world are gathering in Rock Hill this week.  They’ll be competing in the U.S. Disc Golf Championship.   One of them may make history.   


Winthrop University has named a new president.  Jayne Marie Comstock has served as a senior administrator at a handful of small universities. 

For the first time in twenty-four years, there will be a new face in the president’s house at Winthrop this summer.  Comstock is leaving her post at the American Council on Education to replace retiring president Tony DiGiorgio.  She says she’s long been impressed with the school and is eager to be a part of its next chapter.