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 Theological Seminary.
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 same year.
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 six presidents of the university. He and his wife, Joy, have two sons, both Furman graduates.
Hardy S. Clemons
Retired pastor and executive coach
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 coaching.
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
Director - Belk, Inc.
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 University.
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.
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
President and CEO (Retired), Inland Paperboard and Packaging
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 industry.
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 Council.
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 asenior 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 grandchildren.
Emilyn Childs Sanders
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Upcountry History Museum, Greenville Museum of Art, Community Foundation, and others
Emilyn Childs Sanders, a Greenville native, is a graduate of the University of Houston. She did graduate work at the University of Houston School of Social Work and at the New York School of Interior Design. In New York, she served as executive assistant to the senior minister of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Emilyn'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 Council.
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 Metropolitan Council.
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 2007.
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 an Honorary Fellow in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow's College of Arts and also serves as a business board member of the university'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.