Fact or Fiction:
Winthrop’s third president, Dr. Shelton Phelps, was the first Winthrop President to have an inauguration ceremony or investiture.
The first inauguration ceremony at Winthrop occurred on November 9, 1934 when Dr. Shelton Phelps was sworn in as Winthrop’s third president.
Founder and first President David Bancroft Johnson did not have a formal ceremony when he began his tenure as President in 1886. Instead the focus was on the founding of the school and getting Winthrop established.
When President Johnson passed away in December of 1928, Winthrop’s second president, Dr. James Pinckney Kinard agreed to fill the role until a suitable candidate could be found. Soon after, the Great Depression hit and President Kinard agreed to stay on until times were better. Since he did not plan to remain president he did not have a formal inauguration.
Also, Winthrop’s sixth president, Dr. Charles Brooks Vail elected not to have a formal inauguration ceremony when he took office in 1973.