New attorney to represent fired Winthrop president

Posted August 19, 2014 4:50 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Former Winthrop University president Jamie Comstock Williamson has obtained a new attorney representing her interests in an ongoing dispute over her dismissal as the school’s tenth president.

Board of Trustees chairwoman Kathy Bigham confirmed Friday that Malissa Burnette of Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC in Columbia is now representing Williamson.

Through her former attorney, Bev Carroll, Williamson claims Winthrop’s Board of Trustees defamed her character in a letter released to the public outlining the reasons for her dismissal.

Carroll, a partner at Hamilton, Martens, Ballou & Carroll firm on East Main Street in Rock Hill, is a 1974 graduate of Winthrop University. Through her LinkedIn profile, Burnette claims to be a “Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law.”

Neither Carroll or Burnette were immediately available for comment Tuesday afternoon.

“It seems apparent that some Board members have their own agenda and are not pleased to deal with a woman who is direct in her approach,” the letter from Carroll to the Winthrop trustees said.

“The method in which this matter was handled was designed to deprive Dr. Williamson of an opportunity to address any and all concerns,” held by the Board of Trustees, the letter continued. “You have left Dr. Williamson with no other choice to pursue legal remedy.”

Earlier this month, board members told the Rock Hill Herald they would be heading to a dispute resolution session with Williamson over the president’s dismissal. Williamson was formally fired June 26.