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Three elected to Wofford College Board of Trustees

Four others re-elected to new terms

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Three new Wofford College trustees are, from left, Jordan M. Glatt, the Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon and the Honorable Costa M. Pleicones.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Three new members have been elected to the Wofford College Board of Trustees while four others have been re-elected to four-year terms. The appointments were made at the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Carolina this summer.

The new trustees, elected to four-year terms, are Jordan M. Glatt, a business and civic leader in the metropolitan New York City area and former mayor of Summit, N.J.; the Honorable Costa M. Pleicones, Class of 1965 and an associate justice on the South Carolina Supreme Court; and the Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon, a former trustee and retired United Methodist bishop for the North Alabama Conference in Birmingham.

Re-elected to new terms were: William R. Cobb of Spartanburg; D. Chris Goodall (Class of 1979) of Columbia, S.C.; Corry W. Oakes III (Class of 1989) of Spartanburg; and Jerome J. Richardson (Class of 1959) of Charlotte, N.C. 

Rotating off the board were: M. Stewart Mungo (Class of 1974) of Irmo, S.C.; Bishop Marshall L. “Jack” Meadors Jr. (Class of 1955) of Anderson, S.C.; and D. Grant Peacock of Greenville, S.C. 

At the May meeting of the board of trustees, these officers were elected for the 2013-14 year: J. Harold Chandler (Class of 1971), chair; and three vice chairs, James M. Johnson (Class of 1971), C. Michael Smith (Class of 1975), and John B. White Jr. (Class of 1972).

Jordan M. Glatt served as CEO and president of Magla Products of Morristown, N.J., a company engaged in the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of disposable and reusable work-related gloves and related household products under such brand names as Stanley Black & Decker, MR Clean and the American Red Cross.

He is a member of the board of directors of Free All Media LLC and is its chief marketing officer. He is a former member of the board of trustees of Drew University, from which he received his bachelor of arts degrees in political science and philosophy in 1984.

He was the first Democrat elected as mayor of Summit, N.J., in 100 years, being elected in 2004 and serving two terms.

Justice Costa M. Pleicones, a native of Greenville, S.C., and a 1965 graduate of Wofford College, assumed his position as an associate justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court in 2000 and was elected to a second term in 2006; that term expires in 2016. Previously, he was a circuit judge from 1991 to 2000, and served as a part-time municipal judge for the City of Columbia and as county attorney for Richland County.

After graduating in 1968 from the University of South Carolina School of Law with his juris doctor degree, Pleicones entered the U.S. Army as an enlisted member and as an officer in the Judge Advocate’s General Corps until his release from active duty in 1973. He continued his membership in the military until retirement from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1999 after more than 30 years of active and reserve service. He is frequently called on as a lecturer in CLE programs conducted by the South Carolina Bar and other professional organizations.

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon is professor of the practice of Christian ministry at the Divinity School at Duke University. He recently retired after serving eight years as bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. For 20 years prior to the episcopacy, he was dean of the chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University.

A 1968 graduate of Wofford College, Willimon received his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School in 1971 and his S.T.D. from Emory University in 1973. He has served as pastor of churches in Georgia and South Carolina. He has received honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and universities, including Wofford, and has authored 60 books. He also has given lectures and taught courses at many pastors’ schools and colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.