A state panel decided Wednesday that Winthrop University’s interim president should continue to receive the current salary she was earning before her unexpected promotion last month.
Provost Debra Boyd assumed the position of interim president in June when the Winthrop Board of Trustees suspended, then fired, previous president Jamie Williamson less than a year into her tenure. Williamson was fired for violating the University’s nepotism policy after her husband was paid $27,000 for government relations work at the school, apparently without the board’s knowledge.
The Rock Hill Herald reports the Agency Head Salary Commission unanimously approved the trustees’ request to maintain Boyd’s current salary at nearly $163,000.
If the panel had not approved Boyd’s current salary, Boyd’s pay would have been reduced to nearly $157,000 as acting president– the base pay level for Winthrop’s agency head and a $6,000 pay cut from her provost salary.
Boyd started her career at Winthrop first as an English professor in 1984. She went on to become chair of the English Department in 1999 and later as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2003. In 2011, she was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.