- Rep. Herb Kirsh, D-Clover, a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, is credited by university officials for successfully leading the initiative.
- While cost estimates for adding an auditorium to the Thurmond Building are about $2.8 million, the university hopes the state dollars might help attract private support as well.
Winthrop University, "Committee Budget Plan Adds Million Dollars for Winthrop Facility at Thurmond" (2005). Winthrop News 2005. 139.