Board of Trustees

Meet the Board

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.

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

Rev. Dr. Robin Dease

Superintendent, Hartsville District
The United Methodist Church
BS, Claflin University; MDiv, D. Min., Wesley Theological Seminary 
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2016
City of Residence: 
Hartsville, 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

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

Mr. Virgil R. Miller

BA, Georgia State University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2017
City of Residence: Columbia, 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 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

Mr. Thomas W. Wyatt

Associate Secretary of the Board
BS, Furman University
Claflin Board of Trustees: Elected in 2017
City of Residence: Aiken, SC

Dr. Henry N. Tisdale (Ex-Officio)

President, Claflin University

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