The Board of Trustees is responsible for providing governance and oversight of Furman University and for identifying, deliberating and acting upon matters of strategic importance to the university’s well-being and successful achievement of its mission and goals.

Board Members

View a current list of board members and read their biographies.

Charles Ambrose

Chancellor, Henderson State University

Kevin R. Bryant

Managing Director, Marsh McLennan

Kevin T. Byrne

Chief Executive Officer, The University Financing Foundation

Christi Newsom Byron

Retired President, Southeast for NFP Corporation

Jolley Bruce Christman

Founder, Research for Action

Thomas Cullen


Cynthia Davis

Former Vice President, Nike, Inc. & President, Nike Golf

Kristin Baucom Davies

Partner – Family-Owned Business Franchises

Lee C. Dilworth

Founder and CEO, ReVIDA Recovery Centers

Frances Ellison


Johnna Frierson

Asst. Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Diversity & Inclusion/Asst. Professor of the Practice of Medical Education at Duke University School of Medicine

David L. Hauser

Chairman and CEO (Retired), FairPoint Communications, Inc.

Robert E. Hill

Retired CEO, Acosta, Inc.

Yendelela Neely Holston

Partner & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Mark A. Kaiser

Independent Consultant

Raymond B. King

President and CEO, Zoo Atlanta

James A. Lanier Jr.

Retired Vice President, Interface

David Laxer


Anthony W. McDade

Retired Executive Director, United Ministries

Traci Miller


Jason Richards

Global Business Director, NAI Earle Furman

Paul Robertson

Partner, Edge Capital Group LLC

Susan Thomson Shi

Retired First Lady and Civic and Community Volunteer

A. Alexander Taylor

Retired Chairman and CEO, FGX International

Elizabeth B. Taylor

Brenda J. Thames


Lizanne Thomas

Chair, Corporate Governance Practice

Rachelle H. Thompson

Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Carpenter Technology Corporation

C. Kemmons Wilson, III

Principal, Kemmons Wilson Companies

Matthew W. Wilson, MD, FACS

Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Director, Hamilton Eye Institute

Richard W. Wrenn

President (Retired), Premier Magnesia, LLC

Trustees Emeriti

Trustees emeriti are former board members who have made extraordinary contributions to Furman.

Robert H. Buckman

Former CEO, Bulab Holdings, Inc.

Merl Code

Counsel, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart

John C. Cothran

Retired Chair, Cothran Company and Past President, Greenville Board of Realtors and Home Builders Association

Ravenel B. Curry III

Founder and Co-CIO, Eagle Capital Management, LLC.

W. Randy Eaddy

Former President and CEO, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County/Former Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

David G. Ellison

Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

P. Edwin Good Jr.

Founder, Hampton Development Co.

Sean P. Hartness

CEO of Hartness Development

Francie Heller


William B. Howes

Retired CEO, Inland Paperboard & Packaging, Inc.

Stanford J. Jennings

Southeast Central Regional Sales Manager, New Balance Athletics, Inc.

Carl F. Kohrt

Former Interim President, Furman/Former President and CEO, Battelle

Richard W. Riley

Former U.S. Secretary of Education and former SC governor

Leighan Roberts Rinker

Founder and President, Beginnings of Palm Beach County

Daniel S. Sanders

Former President, ExxonMobil Chemical Company and former Chairman, American Chemical Council

Emilyn Childs Sanders

Member of the Board of Trustees, Upcountry History Museum

Elizabeth Peace Stall

Founding President, The Peace Center

Peace Sullivan

Retired Psychoanalyst

David Trone

U.S. House of Representatives; Founder and Former CEO/President, Total Wine & More

Baxter M. Wynn

Retired Minister of Pastoral Care and Community Relations, First Baptist Church


Meet the staff who serve as a liaison between board members and our community.

Liz Seman

Chief of Staff, Liaison to the Board of Trustees

Meagan Magnus

Executive Assistant for Chief of Staff and Liaison to the Board of Trustees, Office of the General Counsel

Michelle Shaw

Executive Assistant to the President and the Provost