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. In 1987, he was
awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Furman. In 1968, he
was awarded alumnus of the year by North Greenville Junior College.
Later, he was awarded alumnus of the year by Southern Baptist
Ordained in 1947, he has served churches in Indiana and South Carolina,
the most recent being Pickens First Baptist Church, where he retired in
1989 after 33 years there as pastor. He served in WWII in the 87th
Infantry Division. He has been a trustee at Cannon Memorial Hospital and
Baptist Medical Center Foundation and has served as chair of Pickens
County Meals on Wheels, president of Pickens Rotary Club, president of
Pickens Ministers' Council and moderator of Pickens Baptist Association
and Pickens-Twelve Mile Baptist Association. He has served as president
of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, trustee and chair of the
national board of the Baptist Sunday School Board of the Southern
Baptist Convention and vice president of the South Carolina Baptist
Pastors Conference and as a member of the Board of Associates of North
Greenville College. In 1989, he was named Civitan Citizen of the Year in
Pickens, South Carolina, and was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in the
Recipient of the Furman Alumni Service Award, he has served as chair,
vice chair and secretary of the Board of Trustees at Furman. He came on
the Furman Board of Trustees in January 1962 and has served under the
last five presidents of the university. He and his wife, Joy, have two
sons, both Furman graduates.
Hardy S. Clemons
Continuing a general ministry of preaching, writing and counseling along with some executive coaching
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. He converted his Th.D. to a
Ph.D. in 1975 at Texas Tech, where he studied the links between the
fields of psychology and theology. He did postdoctoral work at the C.G.
Jung Institute in Zurich. From 1961 to 1967, he was senior pastor at
First Baptist Church of Georgetown, Texas, and for the next 21 years he
served in the same capacity at Second Baptist Church of Lubbock, Texas.
In 1988, he became senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Greenville,
from which he retired in January 2000. He returned to San Antonio,
Texas, where he became executive pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, from
which he retired in August 2008. He plans to continue a general ministry
of preaching, writing and counseling and is also doing some executive
Active in denominational and community affairs, he has been the
moderator and a member of the executive committee of the Cooperative
Baptist Fellowship and has taught at the International Baptist
Theological Seminary in Ruschlikon, Switzerland. He co-chaired the
Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public
Affairs and is the author of Saying Hello to Your Life After Grief,
published by Smyth and Helwys. He is a recipient of the Wayne Oates
Lifetime Achievement Award for Pastoral Care and Counseling, given
annually by the Wayne E. Oates Institute. He also received an honorary
doctor of divinity degree from Furman in 1994.
He and his wife, Ardelle, have a daughter, Kay, two married grandchildren, and one great granddaughter, Hannah Watt.
John C. Cothran
Retired chair of the Cothran Company and past president of the Greenville Board of Realtors and Home Builders Association
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. The
retired chair of the Cothran Company, he is past president of the
Greenville Board of Realtors and Home Builders Association and has been
honored as Realtor of the Year and Homebuilder of the Year and is a
member of the South Carolina Housing Hall of Fame.
He has served Greenville's First Baptist Church as deacon and chair of
deacons. An organizing member of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
(CBF), he is past moderator of the South Carolina CBF. He also has
served on the boards of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Greenville
Jaycees, Habitat for Humanity, Greenville Urban League Community Housing
Corporation, and First Union National Bank Advisory Board. He currently
serves on the Boards of GBS Lumber, Inc., Hollingsworth Funds, and is
Chairman of the Board of Verdae Development, Inc. Past chair of the
Furman Board of Trustees, Advisory Council and past president of the
Paladin Club, he received the Furman Alumni Service Award in 1992.
John and his wife, Jeanette, have four sons; Clark '84, Stephen '86, Philip, and Scott.
Sarah Belk Gambrell
Serves as trustee of Queens University, Princeton Theological
Seminary, Trinity Episcopal School, and William Black Home for Religious
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. Active in arts
and community organizations, she serves on the boards of the YWCA of
Central Carolinas (honorary); YWCA of New York City (honorary);
Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Columbia-Presbyterian New York; North
Carolina Community Foundation, Inc., Raleigh; Executive Mansion, Fine
Arts Committee, Raleigh; Cancer Research Institute, New York City
(honorary); Dress for Success, Inc., Charlotte; The Charlotte Museum of
History (honorary); Historic Rosedale Plantation, Charlotte; North
Carolina Transportation Museum; and the Andrew Jackson Historical
Foundation, Inc., Museum of the Waxhaws.
She serves as trustee of Queens University, Charlotte; Princeton
Theological Seminary (emerita); Trinity Episcopal School, Charlotte; and
William Black Home for Religious Workers, Montreat.
She holds honorary doctorates from Erskine College, the University of
North Carolina at Asheville, Furman University and Johnson C. Smith
Her husband, the late Charles G. Gambrell, was a 1922 Furman graduate
and a member of the university's Advisory Council. Together they
established the Charles and Sarah Belk Gambrell Scholarship for
deserving students at Furman.
Sarah has a daughter, Sally, and four grandsons, twins Charles and Cooper, and Christopher and Caleb.
James L. Hamrick
Financial consultant of Milliken and director of the Milliken Foundation
James L. Hamrick graduated from Furman in 1950 and received a master's
degree from Duke in 1952. He married classmate Peggy Cater in 1952 and
also went to work for Milliken and Company in Greenville. During a long
career at Milliken, he held a variety of management positions, and he
retired in 1993 as vice president of financial planning. He continues to
serve as a consultant to the company in various financial areas and is
the director of the Milliken Foundation.
Former chair of the Furman Board of trustees, he has served a number of
terms on the board. In 1995, Furman awarded him an honorary doctor of
humanities degree. Two children, a daughter and a son, also graduated
from Furman. He and his late wife, Peggy, were founding members of the
Furman Partners Scholarship Program.
Ralph S. Hendricks
President of Hendricks Properties
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.
He has been active in the First Baptist Church, including terms as
deacon and treasurer. A leader in both business and the community, he
has been president of the Carolina Lumber Dealers Association, the
Greenville Home Builders Association, the Simpsonville Chamber of
Commerce and the Simpsonville Rotary. He has been actively involved with
Meals on Wheels, Miracle Hill, the Salvation Army and the Boys Home of
the South. He was honored as Builder of the Year in 1986 and Citizen of
the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 1988. A longtime member of the
YMCA, he chaired its capital campaign. In 2000, Furman awarded him an
honorary doctor of humanities degree.
Married in 1987 to Marion Hubbard, he has two stepsons.
William B. Howes
Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Community Council
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. Over the years, he advanced
steadily in that company to become corporate senior vice president. In
1990, he joined Inland Paperboard and Packaging as executive vice
president. In 1992, he became president and chief operating officer;
1993, chair and chief executive officer. He also served as executive
vice president and member of the Board of Directors of Temple-Inland,
Inc., Inland's parent company. He has been active in his profession,
with memberships in the American Forest and Paper Association, the
Kraftliner Manufacturers Institute, and the Paper Industry Management
Association. In 1997, he was named Paper Age Magazine's Papermaker of
the Year, and in 2002, The Paper Industry Management Association named
him their Industry Executive of the Year. He was also a member and
Chairman of the Board of Directors of International Corrugated Case
Association. In May 2002, he retired after 40 years in the paper
His contributions to his city and region include serving as director of
the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, director of the Indianapolis
Chamber of Commerce and director of the Corporate Community Council,
board member of Upstate Living the parent of the Woodlands at Furman.
Listed in Who's Who, he has also been a member of the Furman Advisory
Bill and his wife, Mary, have two children and five grandchildren. They
live in Flat Rock, North Carolina and are members of St. John in the
Wilderness Episcopal Church.
Richard W. Riley
Former U.S. Secretary of Education and former Governor of South Carolina
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. Secretary Riley
counsels clients and works with partners to develop
strategy on complex business, governance, financial, education,
government relations and legal matters for local, national and
international clients. Secretary Riley also is Senior Partner in the
law firm's affiliate, Education Counsel, which specializes
in education advocacy, policy, strategy and law.
Secretary Riley remains an ambassador for improving education in the United
States and abroad. He serves on the Board at his alma mater, Furman
University, and is Advisory Board Chair of
the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public
Leadership there. He has been named Distinguished Professor at the
University of South Carolina, and the College of Education at Winthrop
University bears his name, as does the College of Education
and Leadership at Walden University. In addition, he speaks, provides
leadership and serves in an advisory and collaborative capacity with
many other entities across the nation and abroad that support education
improvement at all levels.
Secretary Riley earned his bachelor’s degree, cum laude,
in political science from Furman University in 1954 and received
a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1959. He
is the recipient of honorary degrees from universities and colleges in
the United States and abroad, as well as numerous education and other
public service awards. In 2009, TIME Magazine
named him one of America's Top 10 Best Cabinet Members and in 2010 he was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.
Secretary Riley and his late wife, Ann "Tunky" Yarborough Riley, have four children and 14 grandchildre
Emilyn Childs Sanders
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Upcountry History Museum, Greenville Museum of Art, Community Foundation, and oth
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 Churc
milyn's two sons, Dan, Jr. and John, and daughter-in-law, Suzanne, are
all Furman graduates. Emilyn and her husband, Dan, are former chairs of
the Parents Council and have served on the Advisory Coun
Emilyn remains on the Board of Trustees of the Upcountry History Museum
where she is dedicated to the American History Book Club. She is also a
member of the Board of Trustees of the Greenville Museum of Art,
Community Foundation, Upstate Independent Film Society, and the
Elizabeth Peace Stall
Founding president of the Peace Center
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
Founding president of the Peace Center, she has served as president of
the Community Foundation of Greater Greenville, president of the Junior
League of Greenville, trustee of St. Francis Hospital, member of the
South Carolina Commission on Mental Retardation and chair of the
volunteer committee of the Citizens Committee for Integration of
Greenville Schools. She also serves as a lifetime trustee of Brookgreen
Gardens. She has been a trustee at Hollins University; the South
Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, and Presbyterian
College and is a member of the First Baptist Church.
She has a daughter*, two sons, and seven grandchildren, and a growing number of great-grandchildren.
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 1984-85. 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 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.
Mary Peace Sterling
Served as vice president of the Junior League and regional director of the Association of Junior Legues of America
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. She is a former member of the board of directors of the Peace
Center for the Performing Arts. Other past board memberships include
Christ Church Episcopal School, YMCA Endowment Corporation, and the
Upcountry History Museum.
A former member of the Furman Advisory Council, she provided the naming
gift for the Charlie Peace Wing of Furman's James B. Duke Library in
memory of her father. Furman awarded her an honorary doctor of
humanities degree in 2002.
University Professor of Physics in the Graduate school of USC Berkeley
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. He was named vice president and director
of research for the Institute for Defense Analysis in Washington, D.C.,
in 1958, and was appointed provost and professor of physics at
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961. In 1967 he was appointed
to a professorship at the University of California at Berkeley, where he
now holds the rank of University Professor of Physics in the Graduate
In 1964, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions
to the development of the laser and maser. He is a member of the
National Inventors Hall of Fame, and Townes Auditorium in Plyler Hall of
Science at Furman is named in his honor. He is a charter member of the
Furman Hall of Fame.
He holds a number of honorary degrees (Furman honored him in 1960) and
has received a host of prestigious awards, among them NASA's
Distinguished Public Service Medal, the National Academy of Sciences'
Comstock Prize, and the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest
scientific award. In 1999 he was included in 1,000 Years, 1,000 People:
Ranking the Men and Women Who Shaped the Millennium, a book that
delineated the most important, influential and intriguing people of the
last 1,000 years.Townes received the Templeton Prize in 2005 for
contributions to the relation between science and religion.
Charles and his wife, Frances, have four daughters.