DuPré Administration Gallery
Main Floor Hall, Stairwell, & Upper Floor Hall

Main Floor Hall, Stairwell, & Upper Floor Hall | Board of Trustees Room


Bishop William Wallace Duncan

William Wightman
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Daniel Allson DuPré

William Wightman

Artist unknown (doanted 1968)

DuPré, Upper Floor Hall

The vigorous and powerful William May Wightman was born on January 29, 1808 in Charleston, S.C., and graduated at the College of Charleston in 1827. At the bequest of Benjamin Wofford, he became one of the temporary trustees assigned with the duty of securing the location for the college and erecting the building. He was then chosen as the Chairman of the original Board of Trustees. On November 24, 1853, at the South Carolina Annual Conference in Newberry, Wightman was elected President and Professor of Mental and Moral Science. Although he was a great preacher and a man of executive gifts, he was president of Wofford College for only six years as he resigned to accept the presidency of the newly organized Southern University at Greensboro Alabama and was succeeded by Rev. Albert Micajah Shipp, D.D . His tenure was thus too brief to carry his policies to completion. The reverend was elected Bishop in 1866 and died in Charleston in February 15, 1882 (source).

(For more information, read Phillip Stone's biography of William Wightman.)