Alumni News Four Alumni Running for Winthrop Board of Trustees seat

Te Alumni Association holds two alumni-elected seats on Winthrop’s Board of Trustees. Te board has general supervision over and is vested with the conduct of the university. It has responsibility for the mission and long-term benefit of the university. Tere are four nominees for the 2018-24 Winthrop Alumni Association seat on the Board of Trustees.

Voting will begin on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, and end on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. All alumni may vote online for their candidate of choice at If you prefer a paper ballot, please request one by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 803/323-2145. You must provide your alumni ID number, located above your address on the back of this magazine, to request a paper ballot or vote online. Please keep this magazine to reference your alumni ID when voting begins.

Visit to learn more about the nominees and read their candidate statements.

Debbie Garrick ’87, ’89: Garrick, AMI administrator for the city of Rock Hill, worked previously as the associate vice president of alumni relations and executive director of the Winthrop Alumni Association. She serves as a Winthrop Alumni Admissions Volunteer (WAAV), and she is a former member of the Winthrop Alumni Association Executive Board and the Winthrop University

Foundation Board. Garrick earned her B.A. in communication and her M.Ed. in counseling and development at Winthrop.

David McDonald ’01: McDonald is the assistant superintendent for school leadership in Greenville County Schools in Greenville. He also serves as the current president of the Alumni Association Executive Board, and he is a member of the Alumni Nominating Committee, the Alumni Honors and Awards Committee, the Alumni Network Advisory Committee and the Alumni Credentials Committee.

In addition, he serves as a voting ex-officio member of the Winthrop Foundation Board. McDonald earned his B.A. in history at Winthrop.

Scott Middleton ’81: Middleton, founder and CEO of Agapé Senior Services, serves currently as one of two alumni representatives on the Winthrop Board of Trustees. He is an ex-officio member of the Alumni Association

Executive Board and former member of the Winthrop Parents Board. Middleton earned his B.S. in business administration at Winthrop.

Isaiah Venning ’95, ’00: Venning works as a self- employed stock broker living in Rock Hill. He is a member of Winthrop’s Graduate School Advisory Board. Venning earned his B.S. in business administration and

his M.B.A. at Winthrop. Christmas Tree Lighting Set for Friday, December 1, 2017

Get ready to spread holiday cheer at Winthrop! Te 82nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting — a popular campus tradition — will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the historic magnolia tree on the Winthrop front lawn. Hot cocoa and cookies will be provided, and the Winthrop RockHettes dance troupe will perform. Tis event is part of ChristmasVille, a four-day festival with art, food, music, events and local crafts.

Te tree lighting is free and open to the public. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 803/323-2145 for more information.

22 Let Us Hear from You!

Do you have a new job, marriage, baby or other life-changing event that you would like to share with the Winthrop family? If so, please send in your information to be included in a future Winthrop Magazine issue. Please e-mail, visit or call 803/323-2145 or 800/578-6545 to submit your news.

Class Notes 2003

Chisa Johnson Putman is the associate chief magistrate judge of York County.

Ladson resident Shameka Lessington Washington is the principal of Goose Creek High School in Goose Creek.

2005 1977

Rock Hill resident and mayor Doug Echols received the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s Farlow Award for outstanding service to municipal government.


Neal Firm, CPA, P.A., in Columbia announced that Mary Smith Edwards earned the enrolled agent designation.


Anne Poag Harty of Rock Hill was chosen as one of the winners for the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2017 Chief Financial Officer of the Year in the nonprofit sector.


Savannah, Georgia, resident Tonya Brown Wood relocated to Long Beach, California, after accepting a promotion to principal interior designer for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.


Coastal Credit Union in Raleigh, North Carolina, hired Shelia Welborn as a mortgage business development officer.


Winthrop’s Staff Member of the Year Award was presented to Warren Byrd of Rock Hill.


DeeDee Brawley Henderson of Charlotte, North Carolina, was named the chief operating officer for Agapé Hospice.


West Ashley resident Michael Todd McKeehan joined Carolina One Real Estate as an agent in Charleston.

Camden native Alana Geddings Powers is the assistant principal for Doby’s Mill Elementary School in Lugoff.

Winthrop’s Legacy of Empowerment Scholarship, which will assist in empowering young women through education, was established by Kwashanda Vanderhorst DeWalt of Charlotte, North Carolina.


Rain Bird Golf’s new district sales manager for the Carolinas and Georgia sales territories is Andy Burns of John’s Island.

Kimberly Calhoun Odom is the new principal of Independence Elementary School in Rock Hill.


The Winthrop Award of Excellence was presented to Clover native Wesley Love.

Fort Mill resident Yvette R. (Roxi) Tolbert received her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Kent State University.


The Winthrop Award of Excellence was presented to Christine Needham Catoe of Rock Hill.

Fort Smith, Arkansas, resident Edward Serna was promoted to chief of staff and vice chancellor for strategic initiatives at University of Arkansas Fort Smith.

Joya Holmes of Rock Hill is the executive director of professional learning and school choice for Rock Hill Schools.


Lexington, Kentucky, native Belinda (Rae) Goodwin received the Foundations in Art: Theory and Education’s Educator Award.

Charles Thoennes of Sumter was promoted to captain in the United States Air Force.


Antwon Harris is the assistant coach of Longwood University’s women’s basketball team in Farmville, Virginia.


The Charlotte Ballet selected Michele Nonemaker as the 2017 Dance Educator of the Year.


Rock Hill resident Sergey Belov won the City of Asheville Open Tennis Championship for the men’s division.


Callie Boyer Smith of Rock Hill is Winthrop’s director of new student and family programs.


“Ashes to Incense: Emancipation from Jim Crow. The Story of the Rock Hill, South Carolina Oratorians” is a book published by Rock Hill native Sandra Ludwa.

The San Antonio Stars drafted Schaquilla Nunn of Falls Church, Virginia, in the third round of the 2017 Women’s National Basketball Draft.


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