Claflin University Board of Trustees

The ultimate authority of the Claflin University Board of Trustees is affirmed through its general, academic and financial policy-making functions and its responsibility for the financial health and welfare of the University. The Board of Trustees exercises ultimate institutional authority as set forth in its by-laws. Board policy statements take precedence over all institutional statements, documents and policies. The Board exercises corporate authority as prescribed by law.

 

Meet the Board

Ms. Cynthia Anderson
Executive on Loan, Charleston County School District
BS, Claflin University; MBA, Nova Southeastern University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2009
City of Residence: Alexandria, VA

Mr. James A. Bennett 
Area Executive Vice President, First Citizens Bank
Chair of the Board of Trustees
BA, University of South Carolina
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2006
City of Residence: Columbia, SC

Mr. Michael R. Brenan
President, BB&T of South Carolina
BA, Bowling Green State University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2009
City of Residence: Columbia, SC

Mr. David R. Campbell
Chief Operating Officer, Chernoff Newman Marketing
BA, Mississippi State University; MBA, George Washington University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2008
City of Residence: Columbia, SC

Mr. Keith M. Clarke
Chair, Building and Grounds Committee
President/CEO MCA Architecture, Inc.
BS, Clemson University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2012
City of Residence: Greenville, SC 

Mr. Ted Creech
Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Director of External Affairs, AT&T
BA, University of South Carolina
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2010
City of Residence: Columbia, SC

Mr. Calvin H. Elam
Treasurer of the Board of Trustees
Chair: Budget and Finance Committee
CEO/Financial Consultant, EFG/ProVest Wealth Management Group
BS, University of South Carolina
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2009
City of Residence: Irmo, SC

Dr. Willie L. Frazier
(Ret.) Colonel, U.S. Army; Adjunct Professor
BA, Claflin University; Ph.D., Howard University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2012
City of Residence: Augusta, GA

Dr. Belinda F. Gergel
(Ret.) Educator
BA, Columbia College; M.Ed., Ph.D, Duke University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2015
City of Residence: Charleston, SC

Ms. Virginia Maxwell Grose
Consultant/President, The Maxwell Company
BA, University of South Carolina
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2009
City of Residence: Columbia, SC

Mr. Moses Harvin
Chair, Nominating Committee
President/CEO, American Services Technology, Inc.
BA, Claflin University; MA, Webster University
City of Residence: Rockledge, FL

(Ret.) Lt. Col. John O. Herring
United States Army
BA, Claflin University
Claflin Board of Trustees:  Elected in 2015
City of Residence:  College Park, GA

William H. Johnson, Esq.
(Ret.) Senior General Attorney Norfolk  Southern Corp.
BA, Claflin University; J.D., Duke University; LL.M, Temple University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2011
City of Residence: Virginia Beach, VA

Ms.  Ruth M. Jordan
Senior Consultant, Jordan & Williams Consulting Services, LLC
BA, Charleston Southern University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2014
City of Residence: Charleston, SC

Mr. Daniel Lebish
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, AFLAC Group Insurance, AFLAC Inc.
BBA, St. Norbert College; MHA, Ohio State University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2014
City of Residence: Columbia, SC

James K. Lehman, Esq.,
Vice Chair of the Board
Chair, Audit Committee
Managing Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
BA, Bob Jones University; J.D., University of South Carolina
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2011
City of Residence: Columbia, SC

Mrs. Janice W. Marshall
Associate Secretary of the Board
Executive Director, Clyburn Scholarship and Research Foundation
BA, Claflin University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2013
City of Residence: Blythewood, SC

Ms. Hema Patel
Chief Executive Officer, Courtesy Management Inc.
BS, University of Toronto
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2014
City of Residence: Orangeburg, SC

Ms. Lessie Price
Manager of Government Affairs, URS Corporation
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected 2013
Education: Allen University, University of SC- Aiken
City of Residence: Aiken, SC

Rev. Albert B. Shuler
Senior Pastor, New Creation United Methodist Church, Durham, NC
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected 2015
BA, Claflin University; MS, Duke Divinity School
City of Residence: Durham, NC

Ms. Joan Steward Stevens
(Ret.) Senior Executive Administrator, Social Security Administration
BA, Claflin University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected 2015
City of Residence: Bowie, MD

Mr. Isaac Templeton, Jr.
Chief of Transitions Support Services for Headquarters, U.S. Army (retired)
BA, Claflin University; MSW, Temple University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2008
City of Residence: Fort Washington, MD

Mr. William L. Thompson
President/CEO, Association of Graduates, U.S. Air Force
BS, Air Force Academy; J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
Claflin Board of Trustees:  Elected 2015
City of Residence:  Colorado Springs, CO

Ms. Nancy Wilson Young
Chair: Faculty and Curriculum Committee
(Ret.) College Professor
BS, Claflin University; M. Ed., University of Miami
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2002
City of Residence: South Miami, FL

Dr. Henry N. Tisdale (Ex-Officio)
President, Claflin University