May 25, 2019  

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (As of January 2015)


Davidson College is governed by a Board of Trustees. Twenty-four of the Trustees represent the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), sixteen of which are confirmed by the presbyteries within the State of North Carolina, and eight at-large from the national membership. Twelve are elected at-large by the Trustees themselves and eight by the alumni. In addition, five members of the Board serve ex officio, including the President-elect and President of the National Alumni Association, the Chair and Past Chair of the Board of Visitors, and the President of the College.

John W. Chidsey III, Chair
Executive Chairman, Red Book Connect


Coral Gables, Florida

Andrew J. McElwee, Jr., Vice Chair
Executive Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer, Homesite Insurance


New London, New Jersey

E. Rhyne Davis, Secretary
Vice President and Co-Chair, S&D Coffee


Charlotte, North Carolina

Robert J. Abernethy, President, American Standard Development Company - Redondo Beach, California

Thompson S. Baker II, President and Chief Executive Officer, Patriot Transportation Holding, Inc. - Jacksonville, Florida

David Waller Barnard, Retired, Wellington Management Company - Wellesley Hills, Massachuttes 

Brett M. Berry, Founding Director, Bacca Capital, LLC - Boulder, Colorado

Richard N. Boyce, Associate Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Leadership, Union - PSCE - Belmont, North Carolina

Kristin Hills Bradberry, Strategic Advisor to Nonprofits - Charlotte, North Carolina

F. Cooper Brantley, Attorney, Nexsen, Pruet, Adams and Kleemeir - Greensboro, North Carolina

Lowell L. Bryan, Director, McKinsey & Company - New York, New York

Lisa Howe Combs, Teacher, St. Alban’s Preschool - Davidson, North Carolina

Robert B. Cordle, Attorney, Mayer Brown, LLP - Charlotte, North Carolina

Kenneth S. Crews, Senior Adviser - Dallas, Texas

Laurie L. Dunn, Associate Professor of Neonatal Medicine, University of North Carolina - School of Medicine - Raleigh, North Carolina

Virginia Taylor Evans, Director of Christian Education, Second Presbyterian Church - Richmond, Virginia

Jay Everette, Senior Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, Wells Fargo - Charlotte, North Carolina

Mark W. Filipski, Investment Banker and Managing Director, Credit Suisse - New York, New York

Lewis F. Galloway, Pastor, Shandon Presbyterian Church - Indianapolis, Indiana

Beverly Smith Hance, Community Volunteer - Charlotte, North Carolina

J. Chrisman Hawk III, General Surgeon and President, Charleston Surgical Associates - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Earl J. Hesterberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, Group 1 Automotive - Houston, Texas

Adrian Darnell Johnson, Director of Credit Execution, Wells Fargo - Charlotte, North Carolina

John C. Laughlin, Head of Mergers/Acquisitions, Wells Fargo Securities - Charlotte, North Carolina

Gary S. Long, Partner, Pulse Capital Partners - New York, New York

Mary Tabb Mack, Executive Vice President, Head of Wealth Brokerage Services, Wells Fargo Wealth Management - Fort Mill, SC

Prem Manjooran, Senior Vice President, The Capital Group - Los Angeles, California

Allison Hall Mauzé, Retired Vice President, JP Morgan, Community Volunteer - Mill Valley, California

Mackey J. McDonald, Retired Chairman, VF Corporation - Greensboro, North Carolina

Shannon Walters McFayden, Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach - Charlotte, North Carolina

Robert J. Miller, Managing Director and Investor, BlackRock - Charlotte, North Carolina

Gregory F. Murphy, Physician, Eastern Urological  Associates - Greenville, North Carolina

Marian McGowan Nisbet, President, Interiors Unlimited - Charlotte, North Carolina

Thomas W. Okel, Executive Director, Catawba Lands Conservancy - Charlotte, North Carolina

Sara Tatum Pottenger, Homemaker, Community Volunteer - Durham, North Carolina

Carol E. Quillen, President, Davidson College - Davidson, North Carolina

Eleanor Knobloch Ratchford, Homemaker, Community Volunteer - Atlanta, Georgia

William P. Reed, Jr., Retired, Vice President-Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service - Brooklyn, New York

Ernest W. Reigel, Chair and Attorney, Moore & Van Allen - Charlotte, North Carolina

Virginia McGee Richards, Environment Law Attorney and Environmental Consultant - Charleston, South Carolina

Susan Casper Shaffner, Pediatrician, Charlotte Pediatric Clinic - Charlotte, North Carolina

Mitzi Short, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, New Season Consulting Group - Oak Park, Illinois

E. Follin Smith, Retired Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, Constellation Energy Group, Inc. - Conestoga, Pennsylvania

Benjamin R. Wall II, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WJ Partners, LLC - Spartanburg, South Carolina

R. David Sprinkle, Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, The Todd Organization - Greensboro, North Carolina

Carole M. Weinstein, Vice Chair, Weinstein Properties - Richmond, Virginia

William Winkenwerder, Jr., Physician and Prominent Leader in Health Care - Mill Neck, New York