John Donald Anderson
Retired 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 was also the owner of Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology, Inc.until he sold the company in 2015. He has also served as Past President of the industry's national association.
In addition, Mr. Anderson serves as chairman 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.
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 Greenville, S.C. and Cashiers, N.C. In Greenville, she serves on the Board of Trustees for The Peace Center, Community Foundation of Greenville, and as a member of the Furman University - Greenville Health System Joint Board Liaison Committee.
Ann is also a past member of Furman's Advisory Council and current member of the Richard Furman Society.
Kevin T. Byrne
President, The University Financing Foundation
Mr. Byrne spent his early career in the tax division of Arthur Andersen and quickly rose to senior manager with primary focus in the real estate and financial services industries. He was appointed to several Andersen specialty teams and developed several of the real estate structuring techniques used by real estate entities today. He was a frequent speaker internally and externally and served all the premier real estate companies and financial institutions in the Southeast. After leaving Andersen, he founded Byrne & Associates which focused on providing investment banking services to small and middle market companies.
After earning his MBA with Honors from the Wharton School of Business, Mr. Byrne joined a real estate development firm leading new transactions of over $150 million over a 2 year period.
Mr. Byrne's primary focus is on growing the charitable operations of TUFF. Through this activity, Mr. Byrne has become a nationally recognized speaker regarding public- private partnerships, real estate financing structures and the economic development initiatives surrounding university research parks. He previously served as the President of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) in both 2012 and 2014.
Mr. Byrne is a 1991 Honors graduate from Furman University. He is Chairman of the Board of Metro Atlanta Young Life, a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America and a member of the Whitefield Academy Capital Campaign and Building Committees.
Serves on the board of the Jolley Foundation and the Fleisher Art Memorial and Philadelphia 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 school 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.
Chairman of McGuire Woods LLP
Richard Cullen is a 1971 graduate of Furman, where he majored in Political Science and played varsity football. He received a law degree from the University of Richmond in 1977, where he was editor in chief of the law review and a member of ODK. In 1998, he was awarded the University of Richmond Distinguished Alumni Award.
Richard is the chairman of McGuire Woods LLP, a law firm with over 950 lawyers and 20 offices in the United States and abroad. He has spent his professional career at McGuire Woods, taking leave on three occasions for public service assignments. In 1987, he was a special counsel to the U.S. Senate for the Iran-Contra investigation. He was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, serving form 1991 to 1993. And in 1997, Virginia Governor George Allen appointed him the Commonwealth's 39th Attorney General.
Richard has been appointed to a number of boards and commissions, including the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond's Collegiate School (K-12), the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business Foundation, the Board of Visitors of Virginia Military Institute, and the commission that revised Virginia's criminal sentencing laws, which he co-chaired. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of Virginia to the State's Judicial Council and by the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to chair the Court's Advisory
Committee on Rules and Procedures.
Richard previously served on Furman's advisory and parents councils.
He and his wife, Agnes Tullidge Cullen have four grown children and seven grandchildren. Their two sons, Thomas (2000) and Richard (2007) graduated from Furman, as did Thomas'
wife, Amy (2000).
W. Randy Eaddy
General Counsel and Secretary of Unifi, Inc. and Senior Counsel of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
A native of Johnsonville, South Carolina, Randy Eaddy is a 1976 summa cum laude graduate of Furman University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Blue Key and the Quaternion Society. He received his J. D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1979, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Randy is General Counsel and Secretary of Unifi, Inc. and a senior counsel of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, where his practice focuses on corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities and finance.
In addition to Furman's Board of Trustees (on which he first began to serve in 1993), Randy serves (or has served) on the boards of the Winston-Salem State University Foundation, the Elon University School of Law, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Winston-Salem Arts Council, Crosby Scholars Community Partnership, The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Festival Stage of Winston-Salem, the Alliance Theatre Company, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Good Government Atlanta, and several other civic organizations.
Randy's interest in public policy and social issues has led to involvement in numerous pro bono projects undertaken by Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, for which he has been the team leader
and principal author, including an analysis and report on the 54 countries of "The Americas" for
inclusion in Global Injustice: an Overview of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, a report by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law; a 50-state
analysis and report on "The Selection of State Court Judges: Review of Methods and Principal
Implications" for the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice; and a 50-state analysis and
report on "The Right to Bail and Other Limits on Pre-Adjudication Detention of Juveniles" for the
Georgia Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Randy has been listed for over 20 years in Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law, and he has been active in bar associations as a writer and speaker on topics for continuing education and advancement of the legal profession. Randy has a long and intense interest in the business case for diversity, as well as its social imperative, in the legal profession and institutions generally. In
2000, he developed and was the lead author of the chapter on "Diversity" for the Thomson/Reuters
multi-volume treatise Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, which he supplements annually (often with assistance from Furman students who were serving as summer interns at his firm) and rewrote a new edition in each of 2005, 2010 and 2014.
In 2010, Randy was elected to Furman's Political Science Department's Hall of Fame. Among
other honors, reflecting the broad range of his interests and contributions, Randy received the 1999 President's Award from the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists in recognition of his contributions to the African American community as an attorney, legal scholar and civic leader,
and the 2005 Team Hope Award from the Huntington's Disease Society of America for Corporate
Management and Diversity Leadership.
Randy describes attending Furman as "the epicenter of my development", and cites his participation in Furman's Study Abroad Program to England, during the Fall of 1975, as his most
enlightening, formative experience.
David G. Ellison
Wealth Management Advisor for Northwestern Mutual
David G. Ellison is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, who graduated from Furman in 1972 and obtained an M.B.A. from the Clemson-Furman program in 1976. He is a Wealth Management Advisor for Northwestern Mutual and co-owns an employee benefits firm.
He is a former trustee of the United Way of Greenville County where he has chaired the leadership giving arms, Palmetto Society and Tocqueville Society. He also is past chair of the YMCA Endowment Corporation. Dave is the Chair of the South Carolina Club for Growth and was a member of the transition team for South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley. He is a director of Southern First Bank, NA, past chair of the Furman Board of Trustees, and past president of both the Alumni Association and the Paladin Club. In 1992, he was elected to the Furman Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dave and his wife, Frances, have three sons.
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 of 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 for 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 board of the United Way of Greenville County and 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.
Managing Partner at Heller Advisory
Francie Heller is the Managing Partner at Heller Advisory, an investment fund placement agent. Heller Advisory partners with best in class investments including private equity, hedge funds, and real assets 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, Big Picture Learning, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Furman University Board of Trustees.
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 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. He rejoined New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. as a member of the corporate sales management team in 2003.
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 2002 and 2008.
Stanford and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Kelsey '11 and Stanford, Jr. (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 practice.
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 University.
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, Louisiana. He also received an
honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Furman in 2010.
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 campaign.
He and his wife, Tammy, live north of Furman and have two sons.
James Michael Ney
Co-founder of Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman, LLP and special attorney general for the State of Ohio
James Michael Ney, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, graduated (in three years) from Furman in 1964. Just two years later, he received his J.D. degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a justice on the honor court, a member of the law review editorial board and president of the law school student body.
He served two years as law assistant to the Presiding Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, and subsequently served as the Clerk of the State Board of Bar Examiners and as an instructor at John Marshall School of Law. In 1968, he joined the law firm of Alston & Bird where he practiced for 14 years and became a partner in 1973. In 1984, he helped found the firm of Holt New Zatcoff & Wasserman, LLP where he has practiced since 1984. He was special assistant attorney general of the State of Georgia for three years, and presently serves as a special attorney general for the State of Ohio. He has chaired the real Estate Section of the Atlanta Bar, receiving its first annual award of merit, and was selected for all editions of Best Lawyers in America (since 1983). He was also selected for the 1987 through 2015 editions of the "Best Lawyers in America."
From 1987 to 2003, he served on the Board of Trustees on the Schenck School (for children with learning disabilities), including three years as chair. He has also served for seven years (three as president) on the Board of Trustees of Community Friendship, which works with mentally disabled adults. In 1995, he was the recipient of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce award for "Outstanding Community Service." He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Academy for four years and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cobb County Library Foundation. He is a past president of the Atlanta Furman Club and the 2006 recipient of the Alumnus Award of Excellence. He has served as a Sunday School Teacher, a member of and chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, and the Administrative Council of the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church.
He and his wife, Carol, served for six years as co-chairs of the Richard Furman Society and were the 2006 recipients of Furman's "Bell Tower Award." He and Carol are the 2011-2012 "Distinguished Service Award" recipients from the Southern Conference on behalf of Furman.
They have three daughters, two of whom graduated from Furman.
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 boards of Grand Bank & Trust of Florida and Place of Hope, a child welfare and foster care program in Palm Beach County, 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, the Association for Early Learning Leaders, and the National Accreditation Commission. In 1998 she received the "Champion of Higher Independent Education in Florida" award.
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
President and CEO Greenville Health System
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 14,000 employees and operating revenues of approximately $2 billion for fiscal year 2015.
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 1995.
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.
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 Spirit 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 current Chairman and CEO of Dispute Resolution Data and 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 Technology 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.
Peace Sterling Sullivan
Psychoanalyst (retired), Bread for the World board member
Peace Sterling Sullivan graduated from Greenville High School and the University of North
Carolina in Chapel Hill. She received her master's degree in Social Work from Fordham
University. Peace practiced as a psychoanalyst in New York City until moving to Miami Beach in 2005. She served as Director of Development for the Training Institute for Mental Health in New York City. She previously served on the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina (UNC), Graduate Education Advancement Board at UNC, board of the Fine Arts League in Asheville, North Carolina, and the board of the Ackland Art Museum at the University. Peace currently serves on the board for Bread for the World based in Washington, D.C.
Peace has two children, Frances who resides in Massachusetts and Patrick who resides in New York City. She also lived in Argentina, Brazil, and Ireland from 1972 – 1984.
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, KT Tape, Zoe's Kitchen, and Coca-Cola Bottling Works of Tullahoma, Inc. 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 the country.
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 occurring 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 States.
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 Computer 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.