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Four join Wofford College Board of Trustees

Friday, July 09, 2004

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Four new members of the Wofford College Board of Trustees were elected at the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Carolina, held in May in Orangeburg.

Three are filling seats opened by the retirements of outgoing chairman Minor M. Shaw and board members Dr. Luonne Rouse and Dr. Katy Close; the fourth is an addition to the board. The board is growing from 27 to 28 seats this year, and will add a new member each year for the next three years, bringing the total to 31 by 2007.

Thomas C. Brittain, a 1975 Wofford graduate, an attorney with Hearn, Brittain & Martin PA in Myrtle Beach, S.C., has become the new chairman.

The new trustees are the Rev. Dr. B. Mike Alexander Jr., pastor of Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia, S.C.; Dr. James Bostic, executive vice president for Georgia-Pacific Corp. in Atlanta, Ga.; J. Harold Chandler, chairman and CEO of Benefit Partners of America LLC of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Dr. Joella Utley, retired physician, of Campobello, S.C.



Alexander, a 1973 graduate of Wofford, earned his master of divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and his doctor of ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary. He is a native of Bishopville, S.C. He and his wife, Betsy, have two adult children, Chad Alexander and Abby Alexander.

Bostic is a 1969 graduate of Clemson University, where he also received his Ph.D. in chemistry. He has been with Georgia Pacific since 1985. Previously, he was president of Riegel Textile Corp., and he served as a White House Fellow and special assistant to the U.S. secretary of agriculture and was the deputy assistant secretary of agriculture in the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1973-1977. He is director on the boards of Central Atlanta Progress Inc., Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Progress Energy Inc., The Clean Air Campaign, and the Westminster Schools. He is chairman of Project GRAD Atlanta, and is a member of the Georgia State Board of Education, the Great Schools Atlanta Advisory Council, the President’s Commission on White House Fellows and the Wachovia Metro Atlanta Advisory Board. In 2002, Bostic received the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists Award, adding to a long list of honors. A native of Marlboro County, S.C., Bostic and his wife, Edie H. Bostic, have two adult children, James E. Bostic III and Scott H. Bostic.

Chandler, a 1971 Wofford graduate and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, received his master’s in business administration from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of Harvard Business School. He is a member of the board of directors of Milliken & Co. He is a member of the Wofford Terrier Club and the National Alumni Association, and has previously served on Wofford’s board. He is the former president and CEO of UnumProvident Insurance Co. He and his wife, Delores, have two adult children, Jennifer Kay Chandler and Stephanie Anne Chandler.

Utley, a native of Clinton, Okla., is a graduate of Oklahoma City University and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She received her master of music degree from Converse College. She has served on the board of trustees of the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, N.C.; the National Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D.; and the Music Foundation of Spartanburg. She is president elect of the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Utley also has served on Wofford’s President’s Advisory Board. She and her late husband, Dr. Joe R. Utley, have two adult children, Benjamin T. Utley and Jennifer E. Utley.

Brittain, a native of Swansea, S.C., is a 1975 graduate of Wofford. He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and entered the U.S. Army as a captain at Fort Hood, Tex., where he tried courts-martial for four years. As a private practitioner, he has been involved in many significant trials, both civil and criminal, in recent South Carolina history. He received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ranking and has been selected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Brittain also is a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.