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Three elected to Wofford Board of Trustees

Ashley Richardson Allen, Chris Carpenter, Wendi Nix
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New Wofford Trustees are, from left, Ashley Richardson Allen, Chris Carpenter '90 and Wendi Nix '96.
2014-06-20

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Three new members have been elected to the Wofford College Board of Trustees while five 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 held in Florence, S.C., June 1-4.

The new trustees, elected to four-year terms, are Ashley Richardson Allen of Charlotte, N.C, community volunteer and minority owner of the Carolina Panthers; Christopher A.P. Carpenter ’90 of Atlanta, Ga., partner with the Garrett McNatt Hennessey Carpenter 360 law firm; and Wendi M. Nix ’96 of New York, N.Y., ESPN reporter and host. They replace three trustees whose terms expired in June, Paula B. Baker of Spartanburg, S.C., Hugh C. Lane Jr. of Charleston, S.C., and Joella F. Utley of Spartanburg.

Re-elected to new four-year terms were: H. Neel Hipp of Greenville, S.C.; Douglas H. Joyce ’79 of Nashville, Tenn.; Betty J. Montgomery of Spartanburg; Stanley E. Porter ’89 of Chevy Chase, Md.; and Edward B. Wile ’73 of Atlanta.

At the May meeting of the board of trustees, these officers were elected for the 2014-15 year: J. Harold Chandler ’71 of Kiawah Island, S.C., chair; James M. Johnson ’71 of Birmingham, Ala., vice chair; C. Michael Smith ’75 of Greenville, vice chair and secretary; and John B. White Jr. ’72 of Spartanburg, vice chair.

Ashley Richardson Allen, a community volunteer and minority owner of the Carolina Panthers, is the daughter of Wofford alumnus Jerry Richardson ’59. For 20 years, she has represented the Richardson family in working with Wofford to administer the Richardson Family Endowed Scholarship, the largest and most prestigious such scholarship at the college. She is actively engaged in the selection process and helps to oversee the family’s relationship with the scholars once they are enrolled and after they graduate. As the daughter of one of Wofford’s most outstanding and well-known graduates, Allen is the leader of the next generation of the family with respect to their business interests and Wofford involvement.

An attorney and consultant who has worked in politics, government and public affairs in Washington, D.C., and throughout the South, Chris Carpenter is a partner with the Garrett McNatt Hennessey Carpenter 360 law firm in Atlanta, Ga. Carpenter works with clients to develop and execute strategic public affairs solutions at all levels of government and policy. As a political consultant and policy strategist he is a veteran of numerous federal, state and local campaigns. While in the public sector, he served as legislative counsel in the office of Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes and later served as the chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor. Carpenter also served as the legal adviser to several committees in the Georgia General Assembly. He also worked in the private sector as a trial lawyer. Campaigns and Elections magazine recently recognized him as one of the leading “Georgia Influencers,” naming him one of the “Top 10” political insiders in the state. Carpenter also has been named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by Georgia Trend magazine and a “Rising Star in the Legal Community” by the Fulton County Daily Report. He is a cum laude graduate of Wofford College and holds a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law.

Wendi Nix joined ESPN in August 2006 as a reporter and host covering college and pro football and golf. Nix hosts both “NFL Live” and “College Football Live” and contributes regularly to “SportsCenter,” “College GameDay” and “Sunday NFL Countdown.” Since the 2010 season, Nix has been host of ESPN2’s pre-, halftime and post-game segments on college football Saturdays. In the 2009 NFL season, Nix served as host of the “Monday Night Football” Chalk Talk luncheon program that showcases the teams and host cities participating in the weekly MNF primetime games and honors local civic and community leaders. She covered the U.S. Open golf tournament from 2007 through 2010, as well as the Masters and British Open tournaments in 2010. Nix came to ESPN from NBC affiliate WHDH-TV in Boston, where she spent three years as a sports anchor and reporter. Prior to joining WHDH-TV in June 2003, she was a national sports reporter for FOXSports and an anchor-reporter for FOXSports New England for two years. She also reported and anchored for the New England Sports Network (NESN) for a year starting in 2001. Her television career began at ABC affiliate WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C., in 1999, where she covered NASCAR and high school sports in addition to news. In January 2009, Nix became the first woman to serve as the master of ceremonies at the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America awards dinner to honor the division 1A college football player of the year. A native of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Nix was a captain of the golf team at Wofford College for two years, where she earned degrees in French and economics in 1996 and served as president of the student body. She earned a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1997.