- In her acceptance speech, Professor Irene Boland said she is a product of the Rock Hill school system and then Winthrop College. She thanked her many teachers who are responsible for making her a lifelong learner.
- The recognition came as part of the teachers of the year awards for educators at public private and higher education institutions. The event is sponsored annually by the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce during American Education Week.
Winthrop University, "Irene Boland Honored by York County Chamber of Commerce" (2013). Winthrop News 2013. 254.