Exhibit – Winthrop’s Presidents: 1886-2011

Dr. Shelton Phelps and Dr. James Pinckney Kinard at the Presidential Inauguration for Phelps- November 9, 1934

Winthrop’s Presidents: 1886-2011

Continuing our celebration of Winthrop’s 125th academic year, the Dacus Library’s January exhibit is Winthrop’s Presidents: 1886-2011.

Since the founding of the institution the Office of the President has been the driving force in the growth and advancement of Winthrop as an institution of higher learning. Winthrop began as a vision of founder and first president, Dr. David Bancroft Johnson and his legacy was perpetuated through the next 125 years to its current incarnation under the ninth president Dr. Anthony DiGiorgio. Through the years the Office of the President has ushered the Winthrop Community through several important turning points through the past one and a quarter centuries such as:  Winthrop’s founding, it’s relocation to Rock Hill, SC, the Great depression, integration, coeducation, the death of President Martha Kime Piper, and obtaining university status.

The January exhibit is dedicated to bringing these personalities to light through a display of photographs and memorabilia. The exhibit also covers the four Interim Presidents that played pivotal roles in bridging the gaps from president to president.

Visitors may view the exhibit during library hours from January 4 to February 1. For more information or questions, please contact the Archives at archives@winthrop.edu or (803) 323-2334

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