SC college notes, March 9

March 9, 2014 

Winthrop grad to lead S.C. tech school system

A Winthrop University graduate and former university trustee has been chosen as president and executive director of South Carolina’s Technical College System.

James “Jimmie” Williamson will start in the new position March 17.

Williamson most recently was chief human capital officer at Agape Senior and previously has served as president of Williamsburg and Northeastern Technical colleges. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Winthrop and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

South Carolina is home to 16 technical colleges. The state board for technical schools also oversees the readySC and Apprenticeship Carolina programs. As president of the technical college system, Williamson will work with schools around the state and economic development partners.

The (Rock Hill) Herald

More than 20 events scheduled for Winthrop president’s inauguration

Activities surrounding Winthrop University president Jamie Comstock’s inauguration later this month will include multiple Eagles athletic events, an arts crawl, a children’s book drive and the college’s annual hosting of Model United Nations.

Many of the events, scheduled for March 24-29, will celebrate women in leadership.

Comstock – chosen a year ago to serve as the university’s 10th president – is the only female president of a public university in South Carolina and Winthrop’s second female president.

A full schedule of events is available at

The (Rock Hill) Herald

Byington named provost at Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina University has named J. Ralph Byington as provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs.

He will be responsible for all five of the university’s academic colleges, as well as other departments including the Honors Program, Career Services and the Registrar’s Office.

Byington, who has been interim provost since June, previously served as dean of the university’s E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration.

Prior to joining Coastal Carolina in 2010, he worked at the University of South Carolina Aiken as dean of the School of Business Administration. He also served as interim dean, associate dean and founding director of Georgia Southern University’s School of Accountancy.

Stokeld named CFO of Columbia International University

Columbia International University has named Keith Stokeld as its first chief financial officer.

Stokeld has managed the university’s budgeting and financial reporting for the past five years. A certified public accountant, he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas-Austin and his master’s in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Compiled by Rebekah Friedman

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