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Winthrop names four finalists in presidential search

Winthrop University has narrowed its list of candidates to succeed retiring President Anthony DiGiorgio to four finalists.

Jeffrey Braden is the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University.

Jayne Marie Comstock is the director of the Executive Leadership Group with the American Council on Education.

Elizabeth Dale is the vice president of advancement at Drexel University.

Ulysses Hammond is the vice president for administration at Connecticut College.

Search and Selection Committee chairwoman Kathy Bigham calls the finalists a very diverse group of qualified candidates.

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Bigham says over the next two weeks each finalist will visit Rock Hill and Winthrop for three days.

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DiGiorgio has been Winthrop’s president for the past 24 years — and DiGiorgio had a small role in the selection process.

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Bigham, who is also vice-chair of the Board of Trustees, said the board will make its choice in mid- to late February, with the new president to begin work this summer, following Dr. Anthony DiGiorgio’s retirement from the presidency. DiGiorgio, who has led Winthrop for 24 years, will become president emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Public Service.

Before that, however, each candidate will spend three days on the Winthrop campus, where they will make a presentation to the campus community and meet with various groups, including local public officials and media. Dr. Braden will be on campus Jan. 27-29; Dr. Dale on Jan. 30-Feb. 1; Mr. Hammond on Feb. 3-5; and Dr. Comstock on Feb. 6-8.

More on the Candidates:

Jeffrey Braden, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.

Dr. Braden (Ph.D. in Educational Psychology) has held tenure track/tenured appointments at the University of Florida, San Jose State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and North Carolina State University. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, a member of the Society of the Study of School Psychology and has been a Fulbright scholar in Greece. He has been an associate dean of research and graduate studies at North Carolina State University. In his current position as dean, he oversees a faculty and staff of 575 with a $66 million budget.

Jayne Marie Comstock, director of the Executive Leadership Group, American Council on Education, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Comstock (Ph.D. in Communication) is on sabbatical from her role as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Butler University where she also is a tenured professor of communication. As Butler’s provost, Dr. Comstock provided strategic direction for six colleges, composed of 693 faculty and staff with a $43 million budget. She also served as Butler’s interim president during summer 2009 and summer 2011. Prior to her work at Butler, Dr. Comstock was the chief academic officer and professor of communication at Millikin University and Baker University. She also held administrative and faculty posts at Saint Louis University and the University of West Florida.

Elizabeth Dale, vice president of advancement at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Dr. Dale (Ed.D. in Educational Policy, Research and Administration) has served in cabinet-level positions at two research universities, was a part-time faculty member in the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management and successfully managed large-scale university auxiliary enterprises. She was the founding executive director of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Foundation and has been the recipient of an American Council on Education Fellowship. In her current role at Drexel University, she and her team raised more than $81 million in the 2012 fiscal year, a record-breaking year.

Ulysses Hammond, vice president for administration at Connecticut College, New London, Conn.

Mr. Hammond (J.D) previously served as the executive officer of the Courts of the District of Columbia, responsible for the administration of a 1,400-member staff and judicial officer system. Currently at Connecticut College, with oversight of a $120 million budget, he is responsible for community affairs, facilities master planning, professional development, contract management, construction, property and land management of the campus, Human Resources, Physical Plant, the Office of Events, Campus Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health and Safety, and Dining and Auxiliary Services.

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