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Undergraduate Evening Studies Establishes Advisory Council


Furman University Undergraduate Evening Studies (UES) has established an Advisory Council. Council members met Jan. 19 in the inaugural meeting of the group.

Members of the council include Upstate business and community leaders, as well as Furman alumni and instructors.

According to UES director Beth Crews, the council meets to support, advise, and advocate for the 60-year-old Furman program, which exists to provide quality higher education to working adults in the Upstate.

The 25 members of the 2017 UES Advisory Council are:

Ken Abernethy, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for the Management of IT
Furman University

Nestor Acosta (’89)
Business Operations, Department of Psychiatry
Greenville Health System

Dayna Babb
Corporate HR Manager
Sage Automotive Interiors

John Buchanan (’10)
Senior Manager, Internal Audit
Fluor Corporation

Matthew Clark
GSA Business Report

Steve Cole (’00)
Executive Director
Greenville County Sanitation Commission

Jerry Denman
Distinguished Engineer
IBM Watson

Mark Farris
President & CEO
Greenville Area Development Corporation

Kenneth E. Fields (’97)
Chief of Staff, R&D

Fernando Fleites
Sr. Vice President, Human Resources
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Elizabeth Feather
Director of Research
Upstate SC Alliance

Charlie Hall
Executive Director
Upstate Warrior Solution

Steve Hall
Vice President, Business Development
Find Great People

Whitney Hanna
Coordinator of Community Collaboration
Greenville County Schools

Greg Haselden (’94)
Senior Vice President for Finance & Operations
Erskine College

Hank Hyatt
Vice President, Economic Competitiveness
Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Nancy Johnson
French Instructor
Furman University

Tim Justice
Rescom Construction

Toby Louris (’06)
Vice President, Technology

Ron Malone (’81)
Private Equity Operating Partner
Furman University Trustee

Gregory Pickett, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, CBBS
Clemson University MBA Program & Greenville ONE

Jim Shew
Director, National Accounts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC

Tom Traxler
Carter, Smith, Merriam, Rogers & Traxler

E. Richard Walton
The Greenville News

Lenna Young, Ph.D.
Vice President Academic Affairs
Greenville Technical College

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Last updated January 27, 2017
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