Jamie Comstock Williamson, president of Winthrop University, and her husband are repaying $27,000 that the husband, Larry Williamson, was paid for part-time work on strategic initiatives, Herald Online reported. The repayment came the day after Herald Online reported on the payment.
In a statement, Jamie Comstock Williamson defended the payment as entirely legal and consistent with state law and her husband's qualifications. But she said it was important to pay back the money. “As president, I believe I must set a standard even greater than compliance with the law and hold myself to higher values grounded in honesty and integrity. I will not allow even the appearance of wavering from those values. That is why Larry and I have returned the compensation paid to Larry by the university," she said.