John Donald Anderson
Owner of Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology, Inc.
John Donald Anderson graduated from Furman in 1966 with a degree in business administration. He was employed with Columbia Beauty Supply for 41 years. In 1978, he became part owner of the company, and in 1988, he became president and owner until the company was sold to L’Oreal in 2008. He is currently the owner of Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology, Inc. He has also served as Past President of the industry's national association.
In addition, Mr. Anderson serves as chairmen of Finance Committee for the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center. He has also served as Elder and Deacon at Providence Presbyterian Church and as Chairman for several major building campaigns while at Providence. He is currently a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C. and serves on the Finance Committee. He has also been a Stephens Minister for over six years.
Mr. Anderson has also sponsored a research study for bladder cancer at Levine Cancer Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, a research fellowship for Breast Cancer at the City of Hope in Durant, California, and a room at the Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Don and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children, Brian ’92 and Beth and four grandchildren.
Christopher Reid Borch
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Micro-Mechanics (Holdings) Ltd.
Christopher Reid Borch graduated from Furman in 1978 and obtained an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While a student at Furman, he ran cross country and track, which led him and his wife, Andrea, to found the Blue Shoes Endowed Scholarship Fund for Cross Country and Track and Field.
Mr. Borch has over thirty years of engineering, manufacturing and management experience in the semiconductor industry, including seventeen years living and working in Asia. Prior to founding Micro-Mechanics in 1983, he held positions with several leading makers of Automatic equipment including Kulicke & Soffa, Inc. A life-long competitive runner, Mr. Borch is a director of the United States Track and Field Federation Foundation, a unit of the national governing body for athletics in the United States.
Chris and his wife, Andrea, have three sons and a daughter.
Ann P. Bryan
Ann Bryan is a financial advisor who retired in 2008 as First Vice President with Morgan Keegan & Company in Atlanta and is a graduate of Columbia College where she majored in Business.
She has residences in Atlanta and Greenville. In Greenville, she serves on the Board of Trustees for The Peace Center and the Greenville County Museum of Art.
Ann is also a member of Furman's Advisory Council and Richard Furman Founders Society.
Serves on the board of the Jolley Foundation and the Fleisher Art Memorial and Philadephia Public School Notebook
Jolley Bruce Christman, a Greenville native, graduated from Greenville High School. She earned a B.A. in history from Randolph College (founded as Randolph-Macon Women's College) and is a past president of its Board of Trustees.
Jolley holds a Ph.D. in education administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught English and history in a Philadelphia neighborhood high school and then worked in teacher education for more than a decade. In 1992, Jolley founded Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based, non-profit organization engaged in education research and evaluation in urban schools districts across the country. Currently, she consults with foundations, school districts, and non-profits to plan their strategic direction and assesses the impact of their efforts to improve the life chances of low-income youth. She is also associate faculty at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education where she has taught since 1990 and where she received an Alumni Achievement Award. Jolley has authored more than two-dozen book chapters and journal articles and numerous reports on urban education. In 2008, Public Citizens for Children and Youth gave Jolley its Friend of Children Award.
She is the daughter of Mamie Jolley Bruce, whose original vision and founding endowment made Furman's nationally recognized Bridges to a Brighter Future a reality. Bridges has transformed the lives of more than 200 low-income youth, preparing them to be the first generation in their families to attend college. Jolley serves on the board of the Jolley Foundation in Greenville and the Fleisher Art Memorial and Philadelphia Public School Notebook in Philadelphia.
She has three children, Andrew, Kate, and Sarah.
Co-founder and Managing Partner of First Atlantic Capital, LLC
Christopher W. Collins is a co-founder and Managing Partner of First
Atlantic Capital, LLC, a real estate investment company located in
Boston, Massachusetts, focusing on the acquisition, ownership, and
redevelopment of conventional and affordable multi-family housing
communities throughout the United States.
Mr. Collins is a former principal and Managing Partner of Boston Capital
Corporation. When he sold his interests in Boston Capital, the firm
controlled more than $8 billion in real estate assets, which included
2,100 multi-family properties located in 48 states, making Boston
Capital the fourth largest owner/investor in multi-family real estate.
Prior to Boston Capital, Mr. Collins was the co-founder and President of
American Development Group, Inc., a real estate firm that specialized
in the development, acquisition, construction and management of more
than 100 residential, retail and commercial properties located in the
Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
Mr. Collins is a respected authority in the affordable housing industry
and serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Affordable Housing
Coalition and the Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation. He is a
member of the Board of Trustees at Montserrat College of Art and the
Board of Advisors of the Boston Private Bank & Trust Company. Mr.
Collins is also a past board member of the Massachusetts Development
Finance Agency, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, The Governor's
Academy, Brookwood School and The John F. Kennedy Center for the
Mr. Collins is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. He and his
wife, Lisa, have three sons: Peter, Nathaniel, and James.
Larry D. Estridge
Partner in the Greenville Office of the firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice
Larry D. Estridge, a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, was student
body president at Furman and was elected to Blue Key honorary
fraternity. Graduating from Furman in 1966, he earned a J.D. from
Harvard Law School in 1969. In 1967, Larry received the Hughes Trophy,
awarded to the top Army ROTC graduate in the nation. He served for two
years as an officer in the Army, including a tour in Vietnam, where he
was awarded the Bronze Star. He is a partner in the Greenville Office of
the firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, and formerly served
as the managing partner of that office.
He has served as president of Citizens for Greenville and the Greenville
Central Area Partnership (downtown revitalization). Larry has also
served on the Board of Directors of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, he has also served on the governing boards of Lees-McRae
College, Upstate Children's Museum, the Reedy River Basin Task Force,
Thornblade Club and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.
He is a past president of Furman Alumni Association, a former member of
the Advisory Council, and served on the legal task force of the Baptist
Relationship Committee. In 1984, he received Furman's Alumni Service
Award and in 1997, the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Larry is married to Kim Estridge. He has three children and seven grandchildren.
Douglas K. Freeman
Douglas K. Freeman, a 1972 graduate of Furman, received his M.B.A. from
the University of South Carolina in 1975. He is currently a bank
consultant. With more than 40 years experience in the financial
services industry, he has held senior-level positions at major regional
and national institutions including Bank of America, NationsBank,
Barnett Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank.
He served as chairman of the board of directors of the Bank
Administration Institute, an industry "think tank" and education group.
He also served on the board and as chair of the Consumer Bankers
Association, a retail bank trade group. He was a member of the Thrift
Advisory Board fore the Federal Reserve System. An avid supporter of
education, he has taught for 35 years at the Graduate School of Retail
Banking at Furman University, where he served for a number of years as
the chair of the board of trustees of the program. An advocate of
private sector involvement in the public sector, he served on the
Economic Development Commission in California and chaired the
Financial/Public Private Efforts on Economic Development in Florida
known as Enterprise Florida. He is on the board of trustees at the Moore
School of Business at USC.
Doug and his wife, Patricia, have two daughters, Dorothy '04 and Nan '07.
P. Edwin Good, Jr.
Founder of Hampton Development Co.
P. Edwin Good, Jr. graduated from Furman in 1967 and earned his master of arts in teaching in 1969 from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. In 1985, he started Hampton Development Co., a retail and commercial real estate development firm based in Greenville. He serves on the boards of Community Works Carolina, United Way of Greenville County and Public Education Partners. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. He also serves as chairman emeritus of Hollingsworth Funds, Inc.
He is past chair of the Furman Advisory Council and past president of the Furman Paladin Club.
He is married to Peggy Ellison Good, Furman class of '67 and a former trustee. They have three sons who are also Furman graduates: Paul '93, Matt '96, and Jon '97 and nine grandchildren.
Sean P. Hartness
Vice President of Hartness International
Sean P. Hartness is Vice President of Hartness International, one of the world's most innovative and best known packaging companies, and throughout his 22 years with the company, he has held various global leadership positions. A Greenville native and resident, he is also involved with real estate development throughout the state.
Mr. Hartness is a 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is an active pilot and aviation enthusiast.
Currently, he is a board member of the Greenville County Museum of Art, Triple Tree Aerodrome, and United Way of Greenville, and is a past board member of the Peace Center for Performing Arts and the Community Foundation of Greenville, Inc. He is also a member of the Society of International Business Fellows and First Baptist Greenville. He has served on the Furman Advisory Council and has been a member of the President's Club, Trustees Circle, Richard Furman Society, Paladin Club, and Founders Circle.
A returning board member, Mr. Hartness is a grandson of the late Tom and Edna Hartness, whose legacy of philanthropy at Furman and in Greenville has inspired similar support in their children and grandchildren. Sean and his wife, Dr. Courtney Tollison Hartness '99, have one daughter, Eugenia.
David L. Hauser
Serves on Corporate and Civic Boards
David L. Hauser was chairman and chief executive officer of FairPoint
Communications, Inc. and prior to that role, was Chief Financial Officer
for Duke Energy. He is currently retired but serves on both Corporate
and Civic Boards.
Mr. Hauser joined FairPoint Communications as chairman and CEO in July
2009 and left that position in August 2010. In that role, he was
responsible for the management of all aspects of the corporation's
activities commensurate with the best interests of the stockholders,
customers, employees, and the communities which it served.
Prior to his role at FairPoint, he retired as group executive and chief
financial officer from Duke Energy. He began his 35-year career with
Duke when he joined Duke Power in 1973. During his first 20 years with
the company, Hauser served in various accounting positions, including
controller, before assuming the role of vice president of procurement
services and materials. He was named senior vice president of global
asset development in 1997 and in June 1998 was named senior vice
president and treasurer. Mr. Hauser served as acting chief financial
officer from November 2003 until February 2004 when he was named group
vice president and chief financial officer and then group executive and
chief financial officer in April 2006.
Mr. Hauser earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration
from Furman (S.C.) University and received a Master of Business
Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte. He completed the Executive Program of Professional Management
Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a
certified purchasing manager.
In addition, Mr. Hauser is a current member of the board of directors
for EnPro Industries, Inc. as well as a member of the board of trustees
of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was previously a
board member of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and
the North Carolina Zoological Society. He is also a member of the
Business Advisory Council for the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte. In August 2009, Mr. Hauser was named CFO of the Year by the
Charlotte Business Journal for his work at Duke Energy.
Managing Partner at Heller Advisory
Francie Heller is the Managing Partner at Heller Advisory, an alternative asset placement agent. Heller Advisory partners with best in class private equity funds, hedge funds, and real estate funds to assist in fundraising and marketing to institutional investors. Ms. Heller has over twenty years of financial experience, spanning both the public and private sectors.
Previously, Ms. Heller served as a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey where she ran the Pension, Endowment, and Foundation Advisory Group. Her responsibilities included creating and delivering solutions to public and private pensions, endowments, and foundations. Prior to that, Ms. Heller was Managing Director- Client Relations and Head of Pension Solutions at Chilton Investment Company. Before Chilton, she served as Senior Managing Director and Global Head of the Pension, Endowment, and Foundation Services Group at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. Previously, she was President of MBIA Municipal Investors Service Corporation (MISC) where she created and ran all aspects of the government investment management business. Previous experience includes creating investment products for state and local governments at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. Ms. Heller was also an education director in New York public school for several years.
Ms. Heller graduated from Boston University with a BS and earned a master's equivalent degree from the University of Georgia and a professional diploma (PD) from Fordham University. She holds certificates from Columbia University, Stanford University and Harvard University Executive Education programs. Ms. Heller currently serves on several boards, including the Corporate Advisory Board of The National Association of State Treasurers, Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers, The Big Picture, and the Furman University Board of Trustees. In addition, Ms. Heller is an advisor to the Government Finance Officers Association's Committee on Retirement and Benefits Administration and serves on the investment committee of Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.
Gordon R. Herring
Gordon R. Herring, a native of Greenville, graduated from Furman in 1965 and obtained an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1970.
He served in the U.S. Army for three years, obtaining the rank of captain. Joining TeleCable Corporation in 1970 as director of research; he went on to become director of marketing and then regional operations manager in 1975, vice president in 1980, and executive vice president in 1989. After retiring upon the sale of TeleCable, he is now a private investor.
A leader in the cable television industry, he has served on the operating committee of Viewers' Choice, as a founding member of the Board of Directors of Cable Television Administration & Marketing Society, and as a member of the National Affiliates Marketing Advisory Committee of Home Box Office. He was one of the founders of the Weather Channel. He is a former trustee of Averett College, a former member of Furman's Advisory Council, a past chair of the Furman Board of Trustees, chaired the Campaign Executive Committee for the Forever Furman Campaign, and serves on the Hollingsworth Funds Board.
He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Furman in 1991. In 1992, he earned the National Cable Television Association Vanguard Award for Marketing.
Gordon's wife, Sarah, is also a Furman graduate.
Sales and marketing professional
Robert Hill is a long-time sales and marketing professional who has served Acosta Sales and Marketing in a variety of key capacities. Acosta is a leading full-service sales and marketing agency providing outsourced headquarter sales, retail merchandising, marketing, and customer support services to consumer packaged goods companies. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Acosta has more than 35,000 associates and operates throughout the U.S. and Canada. Hill's reputation for achieving outstanding results comes from his in-depth knowledge of the industry, strategic sales execution excellence, and strong client relationships.
Hill was President of Siler Brokerage, a family business since 1927, and managed sales and marketing for numerous consumer packaged goods companies when Acosta acquired Siler in 1994. After a series of positions with increasing responsibility, he was appointed Acosta Chief Operating Officer in 2004 and led the company to record financial results with double-digit revenue growth. During this tenure, he has led Acosta in meeting the sales and marketing objectives for more than 1,000 consumer packaged good companies across North America, and the acquisition and integration of 50 agencies to increase Acosta's size, scale, and service offerings. He became President and Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2009.
Hill serves on numerous industry-related boards and is active in the Jacksonville, Florida community. In addition to serving on Furman University's Board of Trustees and the Jacksonville University Board of Trustees, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Baptist Healthcare System and a board member of Baptist Medical Center (downtown Jacksonville), is a member of the Jacksonville Chamber Board, a member of the United Way Board, and is a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of North Florida. Hill is a graduate of Furman University and of Leadership Jacksonville.
Regional sales manager for New Balance Athletic Shoe
Stanford J. Jennings graduated from Furman in 1984 with a B.A. in
political science. He is the Midwest/Southwest regional sales manager
for New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. Following his Furman graduation,
Stanford played nine years in the National Football League: with the
Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-1990; with the New Orleans Saints in 1991,
and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992. After participation in the
NFL Player Internship Program in 1992, Stanford joined Reebok
International, Ltd. In Cincinnati, Ohio, as a sales representative and
was soon promoted to the sales management team. In 2000, he took a
position with New Balance Athletic Shoe as a Southeast regional sales
manager in Atlanta, then left to operate his own business, Stanford
Jennings, LLC, a sales agency representing New Balance.
A standout football player while at Furman, Stanford was named to the
Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990. He was also named to the South Carolina
Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. Stanford established the Stanford
Jennings Football Scholarship soon after his graduation from Furman. He
also served previously on the Furman's Board of Trustees between
Stanford and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Kelsey '11 and Jamie.
President of Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitation
Juan Johnson is President of Juan Johnson Consulting and Facilitation.
Juan has been in this role since July 2006, after concluding an
extraordinary 21 year career with Coca-Cola Company.
Juan's background is in accounting and finance. He achieved
certifications as both a CPA and CMA and worked for Arthur Andersen
& Company before joining Coca-Cola in 1984.
In 1993, he was elected a full Corporate Vice President by Coke's Board
of Directors, making him one of the youngest Board-elected Vice
President's in the Company's history. At the time, Juan was responsible
for the Company's Investor Relations function, representing Coke before
the professional investment community on Wall Street. During his
tenure, Institutional Investor Magazine named
Coke the most improved Investor Relation function and noted the Company
for having among the best annual investor meetings.
In 2001, Juan partnered with Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas to create the
Diversity Leadership Academy, a leadership development program for
executive level business and community leaders. After a successful
launch in Atlanta, the program expanded under Juan's leadership to
numerous other markets around the country.
Through the Academy, Juan has facilitated sessions with hundreds of
leaders across a multitude of industries, in the process building a
wealth of knowledge which he applies in his consulting and facilitation
Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Juan worked in a number of industries and
companies over the course of his career including Utilities - Northern
Natural Gas, Retail - Federated Department Stores, Technology - Hewlett
Packard, and Transportation - MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit
Authority). He has served on many local and national boards and has been
an adjunct professor of Strategic Diversity Management at Penn State
In addition to his accounting certifications, Juan holds an MBA from
Atlanta University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from
Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisana. He also received an
honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Furman in 2010.
Carl F. Kohrt
Former Interim President and President and CEO of Battelle
Dr. Kohrt, a native of Illinois and '65 graduate of Furman University, most recently served as Furman’s Interim President from May 2013 to June 2014. He retired from Battelle in December, 2008 after serving seven years as President and CEO. Battelle, a $4B+ international R&D institution, manages or co-manages several premier national research laboratories for both U.S. and foreign government agencies, and is known as a leader in the commercialization of technologies on behalf of a wide-range of companies in the materials, energy, health, and defense industries. Prior to his joining Battelle in 2001, Carl spent a distinguished 29-year career at Kodak, retiring in 2000. He served in numerous senior executive, international, and technology positions, including Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.
Carl received his B.S. magna cum laude, in Chemistry from Furman University (1965), his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago (1971), and his M.M.S. in Management Science from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991). He has served as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the James Frank Institute, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Sloan Fellow, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is the recipient of and Honorary Doctor of Science from both Furman University and Ohio Dominican University.
Coming from a family of educators, Carl has increasingly devoted his time to the improvement of math and science education in public schools. He is the founding Chairman of a not for profit company focused on teacher recruitment and training, as well as co-founder together, with Ohio State University, of a network of unique math and science public high schools in nine cities.
He and his wife, Lynne, are the parents of three sons, one a Furman graduate, and grandparents to ten grandchildren. They reside on Lake Keowee in Salem, South Carolina
James C. Mabry, IV
Managing Director for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.
James C. Mabry IV is a Managing Director for the New York based investment banking firm of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. He is located in Richmond, Virginia and directs the firm’s southeastern U.S. activities in mergers and acquisitions, strategic advisory and capital markets assignments for financial institutions.
Jim previously served as a Board or Foundation member for the Richmond Ballet, The New Community School for dyslexic students, UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) and the Powell Center for Economic Literacy. He is a faculty member at the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and a member of the Board of Directors of nCino, Inc. At Furman, Jim has been a member of the Parent’s Council and the Parent Campaign Committee.
Mr. Mabry earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1979 and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Chapel Hill in 1983.
Jim and his wife have two sons who graduated from Furman.
E. Erwin Maddrey
Serves on the Boards of BlueCross/BlueShield of SC, and KEMET Corporation
Erwin Maddrey, a native of Winston-Salem, NC, and a Greenville resident since 1971, is a 1963 graduate of Davidson College and after a two-year Army stint, graduated from the MBA program at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1966. Maddrey currently serves on the Boards of BlueCross/BlueShield of SC, and KEMET Corporation.
He went to work for Riegel Textile Corporation (now part of Mount Vernon Mills) in New York and moved to Greenville when the company moved its headquarters to Greenville. Maddrey retired from Riegel in 1983 as President, COO and Director, to start his own business.
In 1983 Maddrey co-founded Delta Woodside Industries which aggregated parts of other textile and apparel companies. He retired in 2000 as President, CEO and Director.
Maddrey has served as a Trustee of Davidson College, Virginia Episcopal School, and the SC Independent Colleges & Universities, and has served as President of the Alumni of UNC-Chapel Hill MBA program (now Kenan-Flagler).
Maddrey currently serves as Chair of the Greater Greenville Forum, Chairman of the SC Governor's School of the Arts Foundation, and is a Member of the Boards of Public Education Partners, Upstate Forever, and Ten at the Top. He has served on the Boards of the Urban League of the Upstate, Palmetto Project, Greenville County Museum of Art, Foundation for Independent Higher Education and the Business Foundation of NC.
He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Greenville, SC and have two sons and five grandchildren.
Ronald A. Malone
Director of Gentiva Health Services and serves on the board of Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.
Ron Malone served as Chairman of the Board of Gentiva Health Services
from 2002 to 2011, as Chief Executive Officer from 2002 through 2008,
and as a director through May, 2012. He joined Gentiva in 2000 as
executive vice president and president of Gentiva's Home Health
Division. During the period of his leadership, Gentiva became
recognized as the leading home health and hospice company with
significant growth in revenue, earnings and shareholder value.
Prior to joining Gentiva, Mr. Malone held management positions with the
staffing division of Olsten Corporation, a major provider of
professional and temporary staffing, and rose to become president of the
North American business unit. He was previously a sales, customer
service and operations executive with Emery Worldwide, an international
air freight company.
In addition to Gentiva, Mr. Malone currently serves on the board of
Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC) a leading worldwide manufacturer and
innovator of medical technologies and related services for the
healthcare industry, and as a director of Capital Senior Living, Inc.
(NYSE: CSU), a leading operator of independent and assisted living
for seniors. He served as Chairman, President and Founding Member of
the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. He is active as a
private equity adviser and investor and is a principal of a healthcare
revenue cycle outsourcing and consulting company.
Mr. Malone is a 1981 graduate of Furman, where he has served on the
Advisory Committee and as Co-Chair of the Because Furman Matters
He and his wife Tammy, live north of Furman and have two sons.
Steven S. Reinemund
Dean of Business at Wake Forest and Professor of Leadership and Strategy
Steve Reinemund is the Dean of Business at Wake Forest University, and
Professor of Leadership and Strategy. He assumed his responsibilities on
July 1, 2008.
Steve retired as Chairman of the Board of PepsiCo, Inc. in May, 2007 and
as Chief Executive Officer in October, 2006. He is a 23-year PepsiCo
veteran, who led the corporation as Chairman and Chief Executive from
2001 to 2006. During that period, PepsiCo's revenues increased by more
than $9 billion, net income increased by 70%, earnings per share
increased by 80%, its annual dividend doubled and the company's market
capitalization surpassed $100 billion. In addition to the growth of the
company, Steve's legacy includes a commitment to health and wellness,
diversity and inclusion, and values-based leadership.
Steve is currently a member of the board of directors of American
Express, ExxonMobil, Walmart and Marriott. From 2005 to 2007, Steve was
chairman of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He
served on the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army from 1990 to
1999, and he was chairman of this board from 1996 to 1999. In addition,
Steve also served on the board of The National Council of LaRaza from
1992 to 2001 and was chairman of its Corporate Board of Advisors from
1992 to 1996.
Leighan R. Rinker
Chairs the Board of Directors of Beginnings of Palm Beach County
Leighan Roberts Rinker, a native of Virginia, is a graduate of the
University of North Carolina with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. She
later earned M.Ed and Ed.S. degrees from Florida Atlantic University,
which presented her the Professional and Human Services Outstanding
Graduate Student Award in 1989. In 1997 she received a doctorate in
educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University and an honorary
degree from Furman in 2004.
A strong advocate for children, Leighan was a professor of education at
Palm Beach Atlantic College, national presenter and author in the field
of early childhood education and administration. She currently chairs
the Board of Directors of Beginnings of Palm Beach County and serves on
the accreditation policy board of the National Association for Child
Care Professionals. She is active in civic and community organizations,
including Palm Beach Atlantic University's Early Childhood Education
Department, Florida's Early Childhood Program Administrator Task Force,
and the board of Grand Bank & Trust of Florida. From 1984 to 1996
she served on the board of Roberts Wesleyan College, which named her to
its Hall of Fame in 1995. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta
Pi, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In
1998 she received the "Champion of Higher Independent Education in
Leighan has served as chair and vice chair of Furman's Board of
Trustees. She and her husband, David, are former members of the Furman
Parents Council and founding members of the Partners Scholarship
Program. They have four children, three of whom graduated from Furman.
Michael C. Riordan
Assembly representative for the Association of American Medical Colleges
Mike Riordan joined Greenville Health System (GHS) in 2006. He is responsible for leading the 1,358-bed system, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare providers in the Southeast with more than 12,000 employees and operating revenues of approximately $2 billion for fiscal year 2014.
Prior to joining GHS, he served as president and CEO of the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System and as senior associate hospital administrator for Emory University Hospital and Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He also served three years in the United States Marine Corps as a lieutenant.
Riordan currently serves on the governing boards of the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, Health Sciences South Carolina and Furman University. In addition, he is on the board of Liberty Fellowship, an incubator for leadership in South Carolina.
Riordan earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts/English and a master's degree in education/psychology from Columbia University in New York, as well as a master's degree in health systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology
Paul L. Robertson
Managing Director of Edge Capital Partners LLC
Paul Robertson is currently the Managing Director of Edge Capital
Partners LLC. Prior to his position with Edge Capital Partners, he
served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of StableRiver
Capital Management LLC where he was responsible for the affairs of the
firm, client development, risk management, trading and operations. He is
a frequent speaker on investment and risk management topics and has
authored a white paper on short-term fixed income management.
Mr. Robertson began his career with Trust Company Bank in Endowment and
Foundation Administration. He later formed and headed the Master Trust
Division within the Bank. Mr. Robertson joined Trusco Capital Management
in October, 1987 as Chief Operating Officer. He was instrumental in the
organizational transformation project that formally restructured Trusco
Capital Management into RidgeWorth Capital Management, Inc. in 2008.
Mr. Robertson graduated in 1982 from Furman University with a B.A. in
business administration. He earned his M.B.A. from Emory University in
Mr. Robertson is a member of the Wesleyan School Board of Trustees;
Assistant Treasurer of the Mercer University Law School Board; past
Chairman of the Board of Imagine-It The Children's Museum of Atlanta and
a current member of the Museum's Advisory Board; he is also a past
board member of the National Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance and a former
member of the Furman Advisory Council.
Paul and his wife, Frances Oxner Robertson, reside in Atlanta, Georgia and have two daughters.
Daniel S. Sanders
Former President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company and former Chairman of the American Chemical Council
Daniel S. Sanders is the former President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company, the former Chairman of the American Chemical Council, and the former chairman of the Society of Chemical Industry. He was awarded the Chemical Industry Medal for his contributions to applied chemistry in 2005.
Dan currently is serving on the board of Directors at Celanese Corporation. He previously served on the board of Directors at Milliken and Company, Nalco Company, Pacolet Milliken Company, Ecolab Corporation and Arch Chemical Company.
A native of Elberton, Georgia, Dan earned his engineering degree magna cum laude at the University of South Carolina in 1961. Later, he served on the Presidential Advisory Group and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004. Dan also served on the Council of Overseers at the Rice University Graduate School of Management.
Dan and his wife, Emilyn, have a tradition of service to Furman University where their two sons, Dan Jr. and John, and daughter-in-law, Suzanne, graduated. Dan co-chaired the Parent's Council and served on the Advisory Council as well as the executive committee of the Richard Furman Society.
Frank R. Shaw
Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Shaw Executive Services, Inc. and Canton Convalescent Center, Inc.
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.
After leaving Furman, Frank earned a master's degree at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest.
He began his career in the health care business in 1970. He was appointed by Georgia Governor Joe Frank Harris to the State Health Policy Council in 1983, a position he held for eight years. Frank served as president of the Georgia Health Care Association from 1984085. Appointed by the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell, he was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1995.
Frank is a member of the Clan Shaw Society, former president of the St. Andrew's Society of Atlanta, and is a member of the Burns Club of Atlanta. He is also a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Frank is writer/editor of columns for the world's largest Scottish informational web site, www.electricscotland.com. He is currently serving on the business board of the University of Glasgow's Centre for Robert Burns Studies.
He and his wife Susan are both former members of Furman's Advisory Council and reside in Dawsonville, Georgia. They are supporters of the Richard Furman Society and the Partners Scholarship Program and have also endowed a football scholarship.
Susan Thomson Shi
Retired First Lady and Civic and Community Volunteer
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Susan Thomson Shi graduated cum laude from Furman University in 1971 with a degree in history.
As a student at Furman, she served as a student body officer and was elected to Senior Order, the university’s honorary leadership organization for senior women. She was also named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She went on to earn a master’s degree in education from Furman and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a 2002 graduate of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Academy.
Shi worked for 12 years as an educator and administrator, mostly in the North Carolina public schools. She returned to Greenville in 1993 and then spent 16 years (1994-2010) serving as Furman’s First Lady in partnership with President David Shi. She received the Gordon L. Blackwell Alumni Service Award and an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Furman in 2010.
An active civic and community volunteer, especially in the area of education, Shi chaired the boards of Greenville’s Public Education Partners, the Community Foundation, United Way and Success by 6 – an early childhood initiative. She led the United Way’s development of its Community Impact Agenda in 2003 and Greenville County School’s Strategic Plan in 1999. She is the founding board chair of the Institute for Child Success and now serves as Chair Emerita.
Shi’s honors include being elected to The Order of The Jessamine (2000), which recognizes contributions of women to the Upstate; receiving the School District of Greenville County’s “Superintendent’s Award” (2000); being awarded the Community Foundation of Greater Greenville’s “Ruth Nicholson Award” (2001); and having the YWCA’s “Susan T. Shi Endowment for Infant and Toddler Care” established in her honor (2002). They also include the Whitney M. Young Humanitarian Award (2003), The Children’s Hospital of Greenville’s “All for the Love of Children Award” (2009), The Magazine of Greenville’s “Giving Back” Award (2010) and the United Way’s Sprit Award for Community Leadership (2012).
William K. Slate, II
President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Arbitration Association
William K. Slate II is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Arbitration Association (AAA). The AAA is the largest dispute resolution organization in the world; providing mediation, arbitration, elections and other dispute resolution services, as well as presenting education and training programs worldwide. The Association publishes the leading scholarly journal in the field, The Dispute Resolution Journal.
Mr. Slate holds an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond Law School where he was a member of the Law Review and a B.A. degree from Wake Forest University where he was a Poteat Scholar.
He was formerly president of the Justice Research Institute, an inter-disciplinary research and management consulting firm for courts and legal institutions which he founded. He is the former Director of the Federal Courts Study Committee, a Congressionally mandated seminal study to identify problems facing federal courts in America, and reporting to the President, the Chief Justice of the United States, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. He practiced and taught law, and has lectured widely on law, arbitration and mediation as a visiting professor at Seton Hall Law School, at Virginia Union University and at the Consortium of Law Schools in New York City, among other colleges and universities, before numerous state and federal bar organizations. He was the first every consultant to the senior staff of the Supreme Court of the United States on strategic planning. He has also been an executive in both the Third and Fourth Federal Circuits, overseeing judicial operations in eight states and the territory of the Virgin Islands.
Following is a representative listing of Mr. Slate's professional activities: He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Managers of Girard College, former Chairman of the Board of the American Management Association, and he is an elected member of the American Law Institute. In 2005 Mr. Slate was elected to the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), a body of 42 internationally recognized arbitrators worldwide. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond. He was a founder and board member of the Council for Court Excellence in Washington, D.C.; a member of the National Task Force to review the Federal Rule-making Process, appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States; a member of the Carnegie Commission Task Force on Complex Issues of Science and Technlogoy in Judicial and Regulatory Decision-making; he conceived and founded CAMCA (The Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Center for the Americas) for the resolution of private party commercial disputes under the NAFTA accords - the first such tri-national entity in the world involving institutions from Canada, Mexico and the United States.
During the period 1994-2012, he authorized and oversaw the filing of nine amicus curiae briefs by the AAA, seven in the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Slate has been a featured speaker at over 100 business, judicial, and legal conferences and colloquia worldwide including keynote and other presentations. He has been widely published in professional publications (73 articles and book chapters).
In 2001 he opened the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) in Dublin, Ireland. In 2006 he expanded ICDR to Mexico City and Singapore, and in 2009 to Bahrain as a partner with BCDR (the Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolution).
He has been honored by numerous judicial and legal entities including the 3rd and 4th Federal Circuits, the Virginia State Bar, and the University of Richmond which presented him its Outstanding Alumni Award. The Conselho Nacional das Instituicóes de Mediacão e Arbitragem in Brazil awarded him the Honra ao Mérito.
Bill and his wife Debora together have three children, Eliza Hayes, a physician, Lauren René, a Ph.D. candidate, and James Holden, an undergraduate student.
A. Alexander Taylor
Retired Chairman and CEO of FGX International
Alec Taylor is a 1975 magna cum laude graduate of Furman and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt School of Law in 1978.
From 1978-1998, Alec practiced law at Miller & Martin in Chattanooga, Tennessee, concentrating his practice on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. In 1998, Alec left the practice of law to become President and Chief Operating Officer of Chattem, Inc., a publicly traded consumer products company also based in Chattanooga.
In 2005, Alec left Chattem to become Chairman and CEO of FGX International based in Smithfield, Rhode Island. FGX is the world's largest seller of reading glasses and sunglasses, principally under the Foster Grant® brand name. He retired as chairman and CEO in June 2014.
Alec is a director of Bradshaw International and KT Tape. He also serves as a trustee of Charleston Collegiate School and is an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law.
Alec and his wife, Susan, have five children and ten grandchildren and currently reside in Charleston, South Carolina.
William R. Timmons, III
Senior Vice President of Investments
Rick Timmons, a native of Greenville, graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1974 and completed his masters at the University of Chicago in 1976. He left IBM Corporation after two years and joined the family business, Canal Insurance Company, and he is a member of the third generation to manage the business. He has risen through the ranks to the position of Senior Vice President for Investments. Rick also serves in the management of several family owned enterprises that purchase, develop, and manage real estate and invest in capital markets. He is also President of Timber-Lands LP and Lullwater Syndicate, Inc., both privately held real estate companies.
Rick serves on the boards of the family businesses as well as the Chair of the Board for the Peace Center for the Performing Arts.
Canal Insurance and the Timmons family have actively supported Furman for many years. Rick’s father, Bill Timmons, who served six terms as a Furman trustee, and his two aunts, Kitty Wells Timmons ’48 and Jean Timmons Pelham’42, are recognized in the Benefactors Circle.
The family is known for sponsorship of the Furman ProAm events over a long period of time and the lead gift for Timmons Arena. They established a major scholarship in memory of William R. Timmons ’14 and his wife, Eva Timmons. Rick served on the Furman Advisory Council and he and Pat are members of the Richard Furman Society. Rick and his wife, Pat, have three children, Brittany, William, and Cliff.
William B. Traxler, Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals
Bill Traxler is the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a court which hears appeals from the federal courts in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. He is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He practiced law in Greenville, South Carolina with his father until 1975 when he became an assistant state prosecutor. He was promoted to deputy prosecutor in 1978, and in 1981 he was appointed as the Solicitor (State Prosecutor) for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in South Carolina by Governor Richard Riley. In 1982 he was elected without opposition. He was elected a resident state trial judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in 1985 by the General Assembly of South Carolina and was re-elected in 1986.
In 1991, because of a recommendation by Senator Strom Thurmond, President George Bush nominated him to be a United States District Court Judge for South Carolina. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 2, 1992. In 1997, he was named to the Board of Directors for the Federal Judges' Association. On July 10, 1998, because of a recommendation by Senator Ernest F. Hollings, President Bill Clinton nominated him to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 28, 1998,and began service as a United States Circuit Judge. In 2007 he was elected to the Board of Directors for the Federal Judicial Center.
On July 9, 2009, he became Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 2010, the Chief Justice named him to the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. In 2013, the Chief Justice appointed him Chair of the Executive Committee. Today, he serves as both the Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit and as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Owner and president of Total Wine & More
David Trone graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree from
Furman in 1977 and earned his Masters of Business Administration from
the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. He is the
owner and president of Total Wine & More, a company he started with
his brother, Robert, in 1991. The company operates 100 Wine superstores
in 16 states, and is the largest independent retailer of wine, spirits and beer in
In addition to serving as a member of the Furman Board of Trustees,
David serves on the Wharton Retail Board at the
University of Pennsylvania and on The Bullis School Board of Trustees
in Potomac, Maryland. As a member of The Bullis School Board of
Trustees, he serves as the head of the Development Committee and the
Capital Campaign Committee.
David and his wife, June, have four children, one of whom graduated Furman in 2012.
Richard N. Wrenn, Jr.
President of Premier Magnesia LLC
A North Carolina native, Rick is a 1974 graduate of Furman University,
with a BS in biology. Rick played football while at Furman and has been
active in supporting this program as well as the chemistry department.
He is currently the president of Premier Magnesia LLC, a privately-owned
minerals and chemical manufacturing entity, specializing in the
production of several different magnesium compounds. All of Premier
Magnesia's $100+ business starts at their owned and operated magnesia
mine in Nevada. This is the only naturally occuring magnesia deposit,
that is mined, in the US. From there magnesium compounds are made for
such diverse industries as animal feeds, waste water treatments, and as a
primary ingredient in a variety of chemical processes. One such process
is the production of magnesium sulfate, Epsom Salt, of which Premier's,
Giles Chemical Corporation, is the largest producer in the United
Rick also owns Giles Industries, which markets sodium sulfate, which is
produced as a by-product, from various manufacturing streams, and has
owned this business since 1993. He sits on the board of AMI Industries
which is a marketer of various chemical and minerals worldwide,
principally sourced from China, and usually magnesium related.
Prior to Premier, Rick was the sole owner of Giles Chemical Corporation, which he merged with Premier Magnesia in 2007.
Rick and his wife, Ruth, live in Asheville, North Carolina and have three sons, Rick (2004), Guy and Jackson.
Baxter M. Wynn
Minister of Pastoral Care and Community Relations
An Atlanta native, Baxter is the Minister of Pastoral Care and Community Relations at First Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina. He is a 1974 graduate of Wofford College, and also received a master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Wake Forest University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
Baxter is a recipient of the Urban League’s Humanitarian Award in recognition of his role in the community-wide effort to adopt a Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in Greenville County. He has also been active in the United Way of Greenville County, previously serving as Campaign Chairman and Board Chairman. Baxter served as Campaign Chairman of the Hospice House of Greenville, and he has served in leadership positions on various other boards, including, United Ministries, Community Foundation of Greater Greenville, Urban League of the Upstate, and Greenville Forward.
Baxter and his wife, Paula, have two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Alison Wynn, and Hanes and Kim Wynn.
John C. Yates
Chair of Technology Practice of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
John C. Yates is the chair of Technology Practice of Morris, Manning
& Martin, LLP, an Atlanta-based law firm. John is one of the
pioneers of the technology law field and has been practicing in this
area for almost 30 years. His practice focuses on legal representation
of leading technology, business services, and tech-enabled companies,
including venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual
property, and public offerings.
He serves on the editorial board of leading technology publications, and
his articles have been cited in numerous publications, including by the
U.S. Supreme Court in Kodak vs. Image Technical Services.
He is a co-author of articles published in The Law and Business of
Cumputer Software and The Handbook of Business Management. John is
frequently quoted in business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
John has also been recognized in a Harvard Business School case study
("Ockham Technologies: Living on the Razor's Edge") as a leading lawyer
representing fast growth companies.
John has co-founded and is a member of the Board of Directors of leading
technology organizations, including the technology Association of
Georgia (TAG), CEO Council, Southeastern Software Association (SSA), and
Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA). He also serves on the
Board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber and co-chairs the Technology Council
and the Metro Chamber's Political Action Committee (MAC PAC).
As a public speaker, John has delivered more than 250 speeches during
his career. He has spoken at annual technology and computer law seminars
sponsored by the Georgia Bar Association, North Carolina Bar
Foundation, Minnesota Computer Law Institute, and American Bar
Association's Section of Science and Technology.
John is currently co-authoring a book, The Art of Business Friendship,
and is a columnist for various online technology and legal
publications. He was selected as a "Georgia Super Lawyer" in the fields
of Business/Corporate (Technology) from 2004-2010 and is among the top
five percent of the state's attorneys to be so honored.
John received his B.A., magna cum laude,
in 1978 from Duke University and J.D. in 1981 from Duke University. He
serves on the Board of Visitors of the Duke University Law School where
he is also a guest lecturer.
John and his wife, Ellen, have one son, Paul.