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Smith, White Elected as New Trustees for Wofford

Monday, June 23, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC – Two new members of the Wofford College Board of Trustees were elected May 28 at the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Carolina. C. Michael (Mike) Smith and John B. White Jr. will fill the seats opened by the retirements of Don Fowler and Jerry Richardson.

Three current trustees – Mike Brown, the Rev. Jeannette Cooper Dicks and Walt Sessoms – were re-elected to new four-year terms.

Smith, a 1975 Wofford College graduate, is president and CEO of his family business, Orders Distributing Co. in Greenville, a large distributor of floor covering and other materials for the home furnishing industry. He was president of the Wofford College National Alumni Association in 2002, thus the alumni representative to the board of trustees, and is a member of the Alumni Executive Council.

He is a member of the executive committee of the Wake Forest University Parents’ Council and immediate past co-president of the Greenville High School PTSA. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greenville and is on the Kiwanis Club of Greenville Foundation board. He is a member of the Buncombe Street United Methodist Church in Greenville, where he is on the staff-parish relations committee and the finance committee.

Smith and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Whitney (19) and Lindsey (18).

White is an attorney in Spartanburg, with the firm of Harrison, White, Smith and Coggins, dealing with personal injury, workers’ compensation, criminal, products liability, eminent domain, domestic relations and general litigation. A native of Spartanburg, he is a 1972 Wofford graduate, completing work at the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1976.

White is one of three brothers to graduate from Wofford, and their family was the original owner of The Beacon restaurant in Spartanburg and managed it until it was sold a few years ago.

White has served on the board of directors of Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and the American Red Cross, and was chairman of the board of trustees of Spartanburg Day School and was a sustaining member of the school. He served as a member of the Conservation Education and Communication’s Advisory Board to the SC Wildlife Commission. He is a member of the SC Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the SC Trial Lawyers Association and was appointed in 2000 to a five-year term on the Federal Judicial Center Foundation Board.

He is a member and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, chairing the personnel committee; previously, he chaired the coordinating committee, the finance committee and the board of deacons.

White and his wife, Karen, are the parents of six daughters: Farrell W. Mason (28), Mahaley W. Jennings (27), Mary Carlisle (24), Belle (23), Harrison (22) and Ramsey (20), who is a junior at Wofford.