Lloyd E. Batson

Lloyd Ellis Batson, trustee emeritus, received his associate of arts with honors from North Greenville Junior College, bachelor of arts magna cum laude from Furman, and his bachelor of divinity and doctor of theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read more


Hardy S. Clemons Furman University

Hardy S. Clemons

Hardy S. Clemons, trustee emeritus, is a native of Lubbock, Texas, and 1955 graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in education. He later earned bachelor of divinity and doctor of theology degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read more


John C. Cothran Furman University

John C. Cothran

John C. Cothran, a native of Benton, Arkansas, graduated from Furman in 1954. After two years as an officer with the U.S. Army 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, he entered the field of real estate, and since 1956, he has been a leader in real estate development in Greenville. Read more
Sarah Belk Gambrell Furman University

Sarah Belk Gambrell

Sarah Belk Gambrell, trustee emerita, is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and a graduate of Sweet Briar College. She is the daughter of W. H. Belk Sr., founder of the Belk Group of stores, having served as an officer and Director of Belk stores in the Southeast. Read more
Ralph S. Hendricks Furman University

Ralph S. Hendricks

Ralph S. Hendricks, trustee emeritus, was born in Bowman, Georgia, and grew up in Gray Court, South Carolina. After service in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, he returned to Simpsonville, South Carolina, where he built a flourishing building supply and hardware business and became a leading citizen, serving as the town's mayor from 1975 to 1987. He is currently president of Hendricks Properties. Read more
William B. Howes Furman University

William B. Howes

William B. Howes is a native of Arlington, Virginia, who graduated from Furman in 1959 and later completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Following service as an officer in the U.S. Army, he joined the Union Camp Corporation. Read more
Richard W. Riley Furman University

Richard W. Riley

Richard W. Riley is the former U. S. Secretary of Education (1993-2001) and former Governor of South Carolina (1979-1987). He currently is a senior partner in the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, with more than 400 attorneys in offices throughout the Carolinas and major cities elsewhere in the Southeast, as well as West Virginia, Boston and Washington, D.C. Read more


Emilyn Childs Sanders Furman University

Emilyn Sanders

Emilyn Childs Sanders, a Greenville native, is a graduate of the University of Houston. She did graduate work at the University of Houston School of Social Work and at the New York School of Interior Design. In New York, she served as executive assistant to the senior minister of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Read more
Frank Shaw Furman University

Frank Shaw

Frank R. Shaw is a native of Mullins, South Carolina and a 61' Furman graduate. He is owner and chief executive officer of Shaw Executive Services, Inc. and Canton Convalescent Center, Inc., long-term health care companies. Read more
Elizabeth Peace Stall Furman University

Elizabeth Peace Stall

Elizabeth Peace Stall, trustee emerita, graduated from Greenville High School and went on to Hollins College, where she graduated with honors. Furman also awarded her with an honorary doctor of humanities degree in 2007.
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Mary Peace Sterling Furman University

Mary Peace Sterling

Mary Peace Sterling, trustee emerita and a native of Greenville, graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College. She has been active in community and church endeavors, serving as vice president of the Junior League and regional director of the Association of Junior Leagues of America. Read more
Charles Townes Furman University

Charles Townes

A native of Greenville and a 1935 graduate of Furman with degrees in modern languages and physics, Charles Townes went on to earn a master's degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology. Charles joined the technical staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1939 and remained there until 1948, when he joined the faculty of Columbia University. Read more

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