Gayle Sawyer Selected as Alumni Board Chairman

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Oct. 11, 2013 – Coker College announced that Gayle Sawyer, assistant professor of educational leadership at Winthrop University, has been named the 2013-2014 Alumni Association Board Chairman.

“As Coker’s future flourishes with growth in student numbers, programs, degrees and residence halls, the role of alumni of all ages – both ‘Coker Nuts’ and Cobras in promoting the goals and sustaining the vitality of the college becomes more viable,” said Sawyer. “I am proud of Coker’s strong tradition of academic rigor and am honored to serve my alma mater in a leadership role during this era of energizing momentum, strategic design and critical dialogue.”

As part of her duties, Sawyer will preside over meetings, serve on nominating and awards committees, participate in commencement exercises and appoint chairs over volunteer initiative groups.

“Dr. Sawyer has been instrumental in assisting with the development of our alumni strategic plan, and it’s an honor to work with her,” said Tiletha Lane, director of alumni services and special events. “She brings so many fresh and exciting ideas to the table as well as a wealth of experience. It’s going to be a great year for our organization and the college.”

"It is our distinct honor to have Gayle Sawyer leading the Alumni Association Board,” added Tricia Meinhold, vice president of institutional advancement. “Her passion and commitment to Coker and higher education is such a benefit to our institution and to our alumni.”

Sawyer is a 1970 graduate of Coker College. She received her master’s in education from Clemson University and her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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