Winthrop board still considering adding a football program, despite president's firing


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ROCK HILL, South Carolina — Winthrop University trustees are still considering adding a football program, despite last month's firing of the university president who was leading the inquiry.

Board Chairwoman Kathy Bigham told The Herald of Rock Hill ( ) the board could discuss the possibility after classes start next month. Officials are awaiting an economic impact study conducted by four Winthrop students who are seeking a master's degree in business administration.

Professor Steven Frankforter says they will likely complete their findings in early August.

The board fired Jamie Comstock Williamson in June, less than a year into her tenure. She had set a goal of growing enrollment at the public liberal arts university by 1,000 students over five years.

Officials believe adding a football team would boost the school's name recognition and attract more students.

Information from: The Herald,

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