Winthrop trustees discussing football, increasing enrollment

Posted February 28, 2014 4:05 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Winthrop University’s Board of Trustees have a busy weekend ahead. The school’s governing body meets Friday, Saturday and Sunday for its annual retreat on campus, meeting in the DiGiorgio Student Center and later at The Shack at Winthrop Lake.

Among the discussion topics on the agenda: Increasing student enrollment and the results of a feasibility study on adding a football program.

Just a few weeks into her new role last summer, Winthrop University president Jayne Marie Comstock said that football could be a great asset to the school, adding about 100 more men to the campus.

It is clear to almost everyone that football adds a vibrancy to a campus that isn’t there if you don’t have it,” Comstock said. “Winthrop has a lopsided enrollment with regard to men and women…and 100 [more] men on our campus…would be a good thing.”

A 2007 study completed by Winthrop revealed that football at Winthrop would cost more than $18 million up front and $2.4 million annually.

At the time then-president Anthony DiGiorgio dismissed the idea due to cost. Comstock said while the cost of a program is a major consideration, the cost doesn’t immediately stop all conversation.