The search for Winthrop University’s 11th president will move forward this fall.
Winthrop trustees on Wednesday chose Texas-based William Funk and Associates to lead the process of finding the school’s next leader. Board chair Kathy Bigham said the process may cost more than $100,000.
“One of the things that we were looking for as a board was a consultant that would reach out initially to a broad base of our constituents, from faculty to students to community to alums to leaders in the university donors, and see what they wanted in a president,” Bigham said following the meeting.
The board of trustees earlier this summer fired president Jamie Comstock Williamson, citing an abusive personality and claiming she misled them about a job given to her husband.
The search will be funded by the Winthrop University Foundation. Since the private entity footed the bill, there was no bidding or procurement process. Bigham said the Board actively participated in the selection of the consulting firm. William Funk and Associates was involved in the recent presidential searches by Clemson and the University of South Carolina.
The Winthrop University Foundation has agreed to pay $140,000 for the search, which will include travel expenses for the board and eventual finalists. Bigham expects the Board to choose the next president next spring.
Andrew Kiel of Rock Hill station WRHI contributed to this report