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Three new Wofford trustees selected


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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Three new members of the Wofford College Board of Trustees were elected at the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Carolina earlier this month.

Elected were Laura Jackson Hoy of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Dr. Jan Love of Atlanta; and L. Leon Patterson of Laurens, S.C.

At the May meeting of the Board of Trustees, new officers were elected. They are Tommy Brittain (Wofford Class of 1975), chairman; Hugh Lane, vice chairman; and C. Michael Smith (Class of 1975), secretary.

Hoy and her family are active business leaders, philanthropists and public servants in Myrtle Beach. A 1967 graduate of Converse College, she is married to W. Winston Hoy Jr. They are parents of three adult children, one of whom, Will, is a 2003 Wofford graduate. She is a trustee of the Waccamaw Community Foundation, is an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, and is a charter member of the Wofford College President’s Advisory Board. In 2007, the Hoy family established an endowed professorship in English at Wofford.

Since January 2007, Love has served as a pioneering dean of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. Not only is she the first woman to hold that position, she also is the first Candler dean who is not an ordained member of the clergy. An Alabama native, Love earned her undergraduate degree at Eckerd College. She went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees at Ohio State University in political science and international relations. For much of her career, she taught at the University of South Carolina in the departments of government and religious studies. Her husband, Peter Sederberg, is a retired USC faculty member. Before accepting the appointment at Emory, Love served as the chief executive of the Women’s Division of the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries.

The son of a former chair of the Wofford Board of Trustees, Patterson (Class of 1963) is the chairman and CEO of Palmetto Bankshares Inc., parent company of the Palmetto Bank, which has its headquarters in Laurens. He earned his MBA at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and served in Vietnam as an officer in the U.S. Army. He has been a leader in both the American Bankers’ Association and the South Carolina Bankers Association, an organization which he headed in 1986. Patterson is well known for his work with civic and cultural organizations throughout the Upstate of South Carolina. He currently serves as a board member of the Greenville County Art Museum, Upstate Forever and the Upstate Alliance, a global marketing association. In 2006, he received the Order of the Palmetto and was honored by the United Way with the C. Bailey Dixon Spirit of Volunteerism and Philanthropy Award.

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