Cost of Winthrop president’s name change: $2,306

Posted April 27, 2014 10:38 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News
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DSC_3924Winthrop University president Jamie Comstock Williamson’s name change last week cost the university $2,306.

In response to an open records request filed by WRHI, university spokesman Jeff Perez said  the cost of the name change involves Williamson’s stationery, which will be exhausted and re-purposed until the new card stock arrives.

“We’re at the end of the academic year,” Perez said, and “would be reviewing what’s on hand and restocking anyway.”

The university’s website, http://www.winthrop.edu, is maintained by Winthrop employees. The university employs an in-house graphics department to update digital assets.

Williamson changed her name on Facebook following her March 28 inauguration. The university announced the change as a public — and official — one Thursday, as a way to “honor her husband,” Larry Williamson, and the couple’s 16 years of marriage.

Perez said it is common practice for other employees at Winthrop to order new stationery as the result of name changes, namely getting married.

Williamson was hired by Winthrop’s Board of Trustees in February 2013 to succeed longtime president Anthony DiGiorgio.

At the time, she went by the name Jayne Marie Comstock and while working as director of the Executive Leadership Group for the American Council on Education. Comstock and her husband, Larry Williamson, moved into the President’s House in June before starting in her new role July 1.

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