Jul 22, 2024  

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (As of January 2008)



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 F. McCartney, Chair
Chairman, Westcon Group, Inc.


Chicago, Illinois

Mitzi Short, Vice Chair


Chicago, Illinois

Debbie Dillon Darden, Secretary
Homemaker, Retired Educator


Charlotte, North Carolina


Carlos E. Alvarez, Chief Executive Officer, The Gambrinus Company — San Antonio, Texas

Robert L. Avinger, Jr., Chairman, OPT Capital, LLC — Charlotte, North Carolina

Sarah P. Boehmler, Retired Executive Vice President, American Stock Exchange — Davidson, North Carolina

Kristin Hills Bradberry, Endowment Campaign Director, Arts & Science Council — Charlotte, North Carolina

Ann Hayes Browning, Project Director, The Carolina Thread Trail — Charlotte, North Carolina

Lowell L. Bryan, Director, McKinsey & Company, Inc. — New York, New York

M. Erwin Carter, President, Newbold Corporation — Lithonia, Georgia

John W. Chidsey, III, Chief Executive Officer, Burger King Corporation — Miami, Florida

Howard W. Covington, Jr., Partner, Covington/Tutman Properties ­— Greenville, South Carolina

Charles L. Davidson, III, Chair & Chief Executive Officer, The Brookdale Group, LLC, — Atlanta, Georgia

Robert E. Dunham, Pastor, University Presbyterian Church — Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Elisabeth C. Ervin, Retired Educator, Community Leader — Morganton, North Carolina

W. Wyche Fowler, Jr., President, Wyche Fowler International — Washington, D.C.

S. Taylor Glover, President & Chief Executive Officer, Turner Enterprises, Inc. — Atlanta, Georgia

Beverly S. Hance, Community Leader, Private Investor — Charlotte, North Carolina

Derry Harper, Inspector General and Director of Compliance, Board of Governors —Tallahassee, Florida

Lucinda Kellam Jones, Homemaker — Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Lawrence M. Kimbrough, President Emeritus, First Charter Corporation — Charlotte, North Carolina

J. Gilmour Lake, Retired Former Owner and Chief Executive Officer, Computer Credit, Inc. — Winston-Salem, North Carolina

S. Sherburne Laughlin, Assistant Professor and Director, Arts Management Program, American University — Bethesda, Maryland

Paul R. Leonard, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Habitat for Humanity International — Davidson, North Carolina

Elizabeth Brooks Mailander, Managing Director, Mailander & Company — Arlington, Virginia

Ross W. Manire, Chief Executive Officer, Extenet Systems, Inc. — Glen Ellyn, Illinois

William N. Mathis, President, Gulf States Investments, Energy Services — Houston, Texas

Mackey J. McDonald, Chairman, VF Corporation — Greensboro, North Carolina

Katie B. Morris, Director, The Katherine and Thomas M. Belk Foundation — Southern Pines, North Carolina

Calvin E. Murphy, North Carolina Superior Court Judge, Superior Court of North Carolina — Charlotte, North Carolina

Maria M. Patterson, Attorney — New York, New York

George D. Penick, Jr., Director, RAND Gulf States Policy Institute — Ridgeland, Mississippi

A. Alex Porter, President, Porter Orlin, LLC — New York, New York

Sara Tatum Pottenger, Retired Banker, Community Volunteer — Durham, North Carolina

William L. Rikard, Jr., Partner/Attorney, Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein — Charlotte, North Carolina

Patricia A. Rodgers, President & Chief Executive Officer, Rodgers Builders, Inc. — Charlotte, North Carolina

Thomas W. Ross, President, Davidson College — Davidson, North Carolina

Stephen L. Salyer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar — Silver Spring, Maryland

Arnold H. Snider, Retired General Partner, Deerfield Management — Princeton, New Jersey

Laura M. Spangler, Pastor, Lloyd Presbyterian Church — Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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

Samuel V. Tallman, Retired Partner, Knight, Tallman & Co., LLC — Saint Petersburg, Florida

Amelia C. Taylor, Former Field Hockey Coach, Cape Fear Academy — Wilmington, North Carolina

Todd S. Thomson, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Headwaters Capital, LLC, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC — New York, New York

Benjamin F. Williams, Jr., Head of Global Markets & Investment Banking, Wachovia Securities, Inc. —Charlotte, North Carolina

Carolann C. Willingham, 401(K) Specialist, Fidelity Investments — Raleigh, North Carolina

Janet H. Wilson, Community Leader — Lenoir, North Carolina