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Second finalist for Winthrop president job visits campus

By Adarrell Gadsden

The Johnsonian sits down with presidential candidate Dan Mahony to talk academic freedom, fundraising and transparency.

Faculty and staff morale runs deeper than just salary according to one of the finalists vying to become Winthrop University’s 11th president. Dr. Daniel Mahony believes he can bring stability to a campus where there have been three different university presidents the past three academic years.


Mahony who is the current Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, said that while salaries maybe a part of the problem he believes the instability in the leadership at Winthrop is also a reason for low morale amongst faculty and staff, and he hopes to have a chance to fix it.


“Having some stability is critically important both for morale and developing that vision going forward and of following through with it,” Mahony said. “A lot of people are in a place for two or three years, I don’t know how you get a lot done in higher education in two or three years. You want to be somewhere you can make an impact and that’s my goal.”

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