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

Charles Ambrose

Former President and CEO, KnowledgeWorks,

Kevin R. Bryant

Managing Director, Marsh McLennan,

Kevin T. Byrne

Chief Executive Officer, The University Financing Foundation,

Christi Newsom Byron

President, Southeast for NFP Corporate Services,

Jolley Bruce Christman


Kristin Baucom Davies

Partner – Family Owned Business Franchises,

Cynthia Davis

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

Lee C. Dilworth

Founder and CEO, ReVIDA Recovery Centers,

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,

James A. Lanier

Retired Vice President, Interface,

Anthony W. McDade

Retired Executive Director, United Ministries,

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,

Brenda J. Thames

Vice President & Chief Academic Officer & Provost, Health Sciences Center Associate Dean, Institutional Culture & Inclusivity, University of S.C. School of Medicine Greenville,

Rachelle H. Thompson

Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Carpenter Technology Corporation,

William B. Traxler

Former Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals,

David Trone

U.S. House of Representatives; Owner and President, Total Wine & More,

C. Kemmons Wilson, III

Principal, Kemmons Wilson Companies,

Matthew W. Wilson, MD, FACS

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

Richard N. Wrenn

President (Retired), Premier Magnesia, LLC,

John C. Yates

Chair of Technology Practice, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP,

Trustees Emeriti

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,

W. Randy Eaddy

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

Sean P. Hartness

CEO of Hartness Development,

Francie M. Heller

Director, Arabesque Asset Management USA,

Gordon R. Herring

Retired Executive Vice President, TeleCable Corp.,

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, Batelle,

Richard W. Riley

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

Leighan Roberts Rinker

Chairs the Board of Directors, 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,

Frank R. Shaw

Owner and CEO of Shaw Executive Services, Inc. and Canton Convalescent Center, Inc.,

Elizabeth Peace Stall

Founding president, The Peace Center,

Baxter M. Wynn

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


Liz Seman

Chief of Staff, Liaison to the Board of Trustees,