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Two join Wofford College Board of Trustees

Joe Taylor Jim Johnson 2

July 17, 2007

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Two new members of the Wofford College Board of Trustees were elected at the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Carolina held this spring in Florence, S.C.

S.C. Secretary of Commerce Joe E. Taylor Jr. and James M. Johnson, president of Johnson Development LLC of Birmingham, Ala., were named to the board.  Both are generous supporters of Wofford College and its activities.

Taylor, a Columbia, S.C., native and member of the Wofford class of 1980, was named secretary of commerce in February 2006.  Long recognized as a successful entrepreneur, he started Southland Log Homes with his father in 1978 while still a student at Wofford.  He became president and chief executive officer in the early 1980s, before he was 25 years old, and built the company into the largest producer of pre-cut log home packages in North America.  In 2004, Taylor sold the successful business and continues to serve on Southland’s board of directors.

In 2002, Taylor was a founding board member of Carolina National Bank & Trust, based in Columbia.  He serves on the bank’s executive committee.  He serves on the board of the Hammond School in Columbia and on the board of visitors of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, as well as the boards of numerous other civic organizations.

Taylor is a former member of the board of Wofford’s Terrier Club, National Alumni Association and President’s Advisory Board.  He and his wife, Amanda Walker Taylor, have two children, John and Ann.

Johnson, a native of Waynesboro, Ga., and 1971 graduate of Wofford, is a member of the board of trustees of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the board of Vincentian Ventures at St. Vincent Hospital, and is a past vestry member at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham.

He is past president of the Wofford National Alumni Association Executive Committee and former member of the Wofford Investment Advisory Committee.

He and his wife, Sallie R. Johnson, have two children, Milton, a 2002 Wofford graduate, and Sumner.

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