Winthrop board suspends president, gives notice of firing

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Winthrop University trustees on Friday afternoon suspended President Jamie Comstock Williamson and said they intend to fire her.

The board’s 12-1 vote came after a nearly six-hour closed-door meeting in the university’s DiGiorgio Campus Center.

Trustees gave Williamson, who took office less than a year ago, a notice of termination with cause. They also offered her the right “to be heard” and to respond to the board’s concerns later this month. After the board’s vote, Williamson quickly left the third floor of the DiGiorgio center and was not available for comment. Trustees declined to comment in detail beyond a statement read by Chairwoman Kathy Bigham.

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