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Four appointed to Wofford President’s Advisory Board

Monday, November 07, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Four new members have been appointed to the 43-member Wofford College President’s Advisory Board.

They are Peter M. Bristow, president and chief operating officer of First Citizens Bank; Charlotte Lunsford Berry, a Columbia, S.C., community volunteer; Dr. Walter Edgar, professor and director of the Institute of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina; and the Rev. Dr. Baxter M. Wynn, minister of pastoral care and community relations at First Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C.

Established in 2001, the board advises Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, visibility, development and program innovation at Wofford. The group meets once annually in the fall over the course of two days.

In addition to being president and COO of First Citizens Bank and Trust Company of South Carolina, in Columbia, Peter M. Bristow is executive vice president and director of First Citizens Bankcorporation of South Carolina. He is one of the banking industry’s youngest presidents and has been recognized for his accomplishments by the South Carolina Bankers Association, being named Outstanding Young Banker for 2002. A native of Richmond, Va., he is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He joined First Citizens Bank in 1991, working in Columbia and Summerville, S.C. He is on the boards of the South Carolina Bankers Association, the Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals, the University of South Carolina Business Partnership Foundation Moore School of Business, the ETV Endowment of South Carolina and the Hammond School, where he is treasurer. He is a member of the Columbia Museum of Art Commission, chairman of the South Carolina Retirement Systems Investment Panel, and treasurer of the Young President’s Organization.

Charlotte Lunsford Berry, who has received numerous local and national awards, spent the late 1980s traveling the world as the National Chairwoman of Volunteers of the American Red Cross, supervising and planning activities for 1.8 million volunteers. Her interest in the 1990s focused on the motivation and education of boards and groups to provide more meaningful involvement of volunteers. Today, she continues as a local volunteer as well as an active leader nationally. Berry is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., and did post-graduate study at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She is the founding chairwoman of the National Museum Committee (History and Education Center) of the American Red Cross. She serves on the boards of dozens of community organizations, including the Palmetto Health Foundation, Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina, Girl Scouts of the Congaree Area, South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, the College of Charleston, Carolina National Bank, Volunteers of America of the Carolinas Inc. and the United Way of America, for which she serves as chair of Planned Giving. She received the Order of the Palmetto in 2002 from then-S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges, and in 2004 received the Cooperative Ministry Outstanding Community Service Award.

Walter Edgar, a graduate of Davidson College, received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He served a two-year tour in the U.S. Army, a year as an advisor in Vietnam. He served as editor of the S.C. House of Representatives Committee on Historical Research from 1971-1976, and joined the faculty of the USC Department of History in 1972. In 1995, he was named to the Claude Henry Neuffer Chair in Southern Studies. He was named director of the Institute for Southern Studies, an interdisciplinary program of the College of Arts and Sciences, in 1980. Since 1997, he also has served as the director of graduate studies at USC. Edgar is the founder and first director of the highly acclaimed Applied History Program. His latest book, “South Carolina: A History,” is a reflection of his involvement with the people of the Palmetto State and is co-dedicated to his many students. For the book, he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest award presented to a South Carolinian for achievement and service.

The Rev. Dr. Baxter M. Wynn, a 1974 Wofford College graduate, received his master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a master of arts degree in pastoral counseling from the Wake Forest University. He received his doctor of ministry degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.; First Baptist Church of Columbia, S.C.; Baptist Medical Center in Columbia; and Augusta Heights Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C. He has been minister of pastoral care and community relations at First Baptist Church in Greenville since 1989. He is a board member for the Alliance for Quality Education and the Greenville Rotary Club, and has served a variety of community organizations, including United Ministries, Leadership Greenville Board of Regents, United Way of Greenville County, Community Foundation of Greater Greenville, Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Greenville Urban League Community Housing Corporation.

Here is a full list of the 2005-96 members of the Wofford College President’s Advisory Board:

Ingo Angermeier, CEO, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg
Robert D. Atkins, president, Atkins Machinery, Spartanburg
W. Donald Bain Jr., retired business executive, Spartanburg
Charlotte L. Berry, community volunteer, Columbia, S.C.
Charles J. Bradshaw Jr., vice president, Alabama Theatre, Pawleys Island, S.C.
Peter M. Bristow, president/CEO, First Citizens Bank, Columbia, S.C.
Tad Brown, president, Watson-Brown Foundation, Thomson, Ga.
Norman H. Chapman, vice president, Inman Mills, Inman, S.C.
Carol Bonner Clark, trustee, Corella and B.F. Bonner Foundation, Wellington, Fla.
Jerry A. Cogan Jr., retired president, Milliken Research Corp., Spartanburg
Anna H. Converse, interior designer, Spartanburg
Justin A. Converse, vice president, Converse and Co., Spartanburg
James C. Crawford III, president/COO, B.C. Moore and Sons Inc., Cheraw, S.C.
Michael E. Edens, assistant vice president, National Bank of South Carolina, Camden, S.C.
Dr. Walter Edgar, professor/director, Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
Jennifer Evins, community volunteer, Spartanburg
E. Davidson Foster, business executive, Columbus, Ga.
Sally D. Foster, consultant, Sally Foster Inc., Spartanburg
Elaine T. Freeman, executive director, ETV Endowment, Spartanburg
Marianna B. Habisreutinger, community volunteer, Spartanburg
Jeff Horton, chairman, Spartanburg County Council, Spartanburg
Laura Hoy, community volunteer, Surfside Beach, S.C.
Dr. Lester A. Hudson Jr., business executive/professor, Greenville, S.C.
Alma F. Jackson, assistant general counsel, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark.
Douglas H. Joyce, president, Douglas H. Joyce Investments, Nashville, Tenn.
Dr. John W. Kuykendall, president emeritus, Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.
Harry M. Lightsey III, president, BellSouth Telecommunications of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
Steven Mungo, president, Construction Division, Mungo Co., Columbia, S.C.
The Rev. Dr. Kirk H. Neely, pastor, Morningside Baptist Church, Spartanburg
Corry W. Oakes III, partner, OTO Development, LLC, Spartanburg
Billy L. Painter, banking consultant, Spartanburg
D. Grant Peacock, president, Grant Peacock and Co., Greenville, S.C.
James Patrick Prothro, vice president, Bellecorp. Inc., Park City, Utah
David Riggins, business executive, Charlotte, N.C.
Benjamin T. Rook, architect/managing principal, DesignStrategies, LLC, Greenville, S.C.
Robert V. Royall, retired business executive/U.S. ambassador, Huger, S.C.
William Douglas Smith, speaker pro tempore, S.C. House of Representatives/Johnson, Smith, Hibbard & Wildman law firm, Spartanburg
James E. Talley, former mayor/educator, Spartanburg
Joe E. Taylor Jr., principal, Park and Washington, LLC, Columbia, S.C.
G. Larry Wilson, president, Trelys, Columbia, S.C.
Harris L. Wofford Jr., retired U.S. senator, Washington, D.C.
Ronald Holt Wren, president/CEO, Starboard Inc., Charlotte, N.C.
The Rev. Dr. Baxter M. Wynn, minister of pastoral care and community relations, First Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C.