Winthrop trustees to listen to faculty more

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- Winthrop University trustees say they will count on the opinions of school employees more as they prepare to look for a president for the second time in two years.

Trustees Vice Chair Karl Folkens told The Herald of Rock Hill ( ) that faculty members seemed to have a grasp about former president Jamie Comstock Williamson's shortcomings before she was hired.

Winthrop trustees fired Williamson last month after one year, saying she violated the university's nepotism policy by hiring her husband for a part-time job, lied and was demeaning and rude.

Some of those complaints came up in a February 2013 online survey of students, faculty and alumni.

Folkens says trustees like acting president Debra Boyd and that may give them more time to look for a new permanent president.