Wofford’s new trustees, left to right, are Dr. Blanding Jones, Greg O’Dell,
Wade Keisler, and Margaret Young.
new board members
Four alumni have been elected to the Wofford College Board of Trustees, replacing
outgoing trustees Mike James, class of 1973; Jim Johnson, class of 1971; Pat Prothro, class of 1996; and Joe Taylor, class
The new trustees were elected June 6 at the South Carolina Annual Confer-ence of the
United Methodist Church held in Greenville.
The new trustees, elected June 6 at the South Carolina
Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church held in Greenville, are Dr. Blanding Jones, cardiothoracic surgeon in California’s
Kaiser Permanente system; Wade Keisler, real estate developer and philanthropic leader in the Midlands of South Carolina;
Greg O’Dell, chief executive officer of Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of
Columbia; and Margaret Young, partner with international accounting and consulting firm PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Re-elected
to new four-year terms on the board were John Hipp, class of 1975; Stewart Johnson, class of 1967; Craig Melvin, class of
2001; and Dr. Danny Morrison, class of 1975.
At its May meeting on campus, the board elected these
officers for the 2019-20 year: Corry Oakes, class of 1989, chair; Chris Carpenter, class of 1990, vice chair; and Costa Pleicones,
class of 1965, secretary.
Jones is a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon and physician leader/administrative
chief of cardiovascular services for the Southern California Kaiser Permanente system. A native of Sumter, Jones graduated
from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1997 and pursued extensive surgical training at both Emory University and
the University of California-Irvine. Jones is deeply engaged with the Wofford College, hosting alumni events in California
and serving on the President’s Advisory Council as well as serving on various committees as a member of Wofford’s
Alumni Advisory Council.
Keisler is a respected business and philanthropic leader in the Midlands
area of South Carolina and has served as a licensed real estate broker for the past 25 years. A longtime supporter of Heathwood
Hall Episcopal School in Columbia and a member of Saint Stephens Lutheran Church in Lexington, Keisler is a member of the
Greater Columbia Association of Homebuilders and the National Association of Homebuilders. Keisler serves on the FOR WOFFORD
Campaign Steering Committee and is a former member of the college’s Investment Advisory Committee.
As chief executive officer of Events DC, O’Dell heads the official convention and sports authority for the
District of Columbia. Hailing from Stone Mountain, Ga., he was a member of the Wofford men’s basketball team from 1988
through 1992. In his role at Events DC, O’Dell oversees the operations of a $2 billion portfolio of sports and hospitality-related
venues inclusive of the 2.3 million-square-foot convention center, which hosts 1 million guests annually. O’Dell serves
on several national and international boards, including the Washington, D.C., Economic Partnership; Destination D.C.; the
Children’s National Medical Center; the National Cherry Blossom Festival; and the Professional Convention Management
Young is an audit partner with Pricewaterhouse-Coopers (PwC). A native of Camden,
and resident of Blacksburg, Va., she is the east region leader for the private company services practice of PwC, overseeing
a staff of approximately 600 individuals and 65 partners focused on delivering audit, tax, advisory and personal financial
services to privately held and family-owned companies with domestic and international operations. She also has served as an
elder at First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg as well as on the boards of the Girl Scouts Mountains to Midlands, the Mary
Black Foundation, the United Way of the Piedmont, the Chapman Cultural Center and Wofford’s Terrier Club.
(l-r) Tom A. Killoren Jr., John B. White Jr., Wes A. Kissinger
Killoren, Kissinger and White earn top accolade
White, P.C. recently announced that three of the firm’s attorneys have been selected to the 2019 South Carolina Super
Lawyers List, an honor earned by just five percent of the state’s attorneys.
This year represents
managing partner John B. White Jr.’s 12th consecutive year being selected to the list, as well as partner Wes A. Kissinger’s
fifth consecutive year. New to the 2019 list is Harrison White, P.C. partner Tom A. Killoren Jr.
Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have
attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase
process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by
practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.
nearly two centuries of combined professional experience, the attorneys at Harrison White, P.C. serve the upstate of South
Carolina in state and federal courts in multiple practice areas, including personal injury, family law, criminal defense,
workers’ compensation, pharmaceutical litigation and appellate practice.
WLI provides an engaging educational forum for executives and senior managers from diverse
backgrounds and disciplines in corporations, law, government agencies, education and nonprofits.
Graduates of Women’s Leadership Institute recognized
By Tina Underwood, Contributor
The Women’s Leadership
Institute (WLI) of Furman University recently recognized the following Class of 2019 graduates:
Tina Belge, Greenville County
* Deanna Berry, McWhorter Capital Partners
Katherine Boda, Furman University
* Jamie Bryant, Christ Church Episcopal School
* Rachel Cavin, Lockheed Martin
* Donna Cox, Furman University
Erin Culbertson, Kehl Culbertson Andrighetti, LLC
* Dawanda Evans, Newell Brands – Process
* Yukichi Hagins, Yukichi Hagins Realty
* Tracy Harper,
* Nichelle Harrison, The MAP Agency
* Sommer Johnson,
* Jennifer Maness, Prisma Health-Upstate
* Allison McGarity,
Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce
* Heidi Medlin, Fluor Corporation
Tami Miller, Greenville Chamber of Commerce
* Gaia Phillips, Greenville County Schools
* Lauren Prunkl, Furman University
* Lisa Rouby, Michelin
Karina Santos, Michelin
* Brandy Sperry, GHS Eye Institute
Stoddard, Gregory Pest Solutions
* Laura Turner, Prisma Health-Upstate
Valida Walker, Sherman College of Chiropractic
WLI provides an engaging educational forum for
executives and senior managers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in corporations, law, governmental agencies, educational
institutions and nonprofit organizations. By working with one another, the goal of WLI is to enhance vital leadership skills
and form a collaborative, lasting network of relationships.
“An understanding of the complex
dynamics involved in achieving true success as a leader requires insight into one’s personal leadership style and keen
business acumen. The seminars offered during each session include a comprehensive view of concepts and strategies that have
immediate and practical application in real-world work environments,” said Sam Tisdale, director of Furman’s Center
for Corporate and Professional Development.
WLI explores topics such as negotiation and conflict
resolution, communication skills, the psychology behind success, network diversity, leadership styles, best practices for
shared success, public speaking, life balance and time management.
WLI extends the invitation
to participate in an immersive experience with a nationally recognized liberal arts university, esteemed faculty and accomplished
business leaders. The 2020 Institute will be held January through May on the Furman University campus. Applications will be
accepted online beginning Aug. 1st.
GADC Existing Industry Manager Kim Williams
graduates from Leadership Greenville
Greenville - The Greenville Area Development Corporation
has announced that Existing Industry Manager Kim Williams has graduated from Class 45 of Leadership Greenville.
Founded by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce in 1973, Leadership Greenville is designed to identify and inform committed
and qualified leaders for Greenville County. The 10-month program takes an intensive look into issues impacting Greenville,
and prepares and motivates participants to provide quality, dynamic leadership within the community. As a graduate, Ms. Williams
joins over 2,000 program alumni who are making a difference in their communities.
Industry Manager at GADC, Ms. Williams serves as a liaison to existing companies in Greenville County and supports retention
and expansion projects. To facilitate capital investment and job creation, she assists with locating buildings and sites,
develops customized financial packages, and provides statistical analyses.
She joined GADC
after 13 years with site selection firm McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC), where she held the role of Principal. While
at MSC, Ms. Williams led site selection and incentive negotiations for both domestic and international companies that included
manufacturing, headquarters, and distribution facilities. She also worked as a project manager in MSC’s economic
development practice, leading site readiness and certification programs for states and regions throughout the United States.
Ms. Williams holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University and a Bachelor of
Science degree in Economics from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She is an active member of the South Carolina
Economic Developers’ Association, the Greenville Splash, and the Greenville Track Club.