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Three elected to Board of Trustees


2010-06-21

New Trustees 

H. Neel Hipp Jr., Betty J. Montgomery and Stanley E. Porter have been elected to the Wofford College Board of Trustees.

Three trustees retire from board service; officers re-elected

SPARTANBURG, S.C
. – A Wofford College alumnus; a Greenville, S.C., businessman; and a long-time college and Spartanburg community leader were elected recently to the college’s board of trustees at the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Carolina. Three other trustees retired from the body during the board’s spring meeting on campus in May.

Elected were H. Neel Hipp Jr., owner of Hipp Investments LLC in Greenville, S.C.; Betty J. Montgomery, a Wofford supporter and Spartanburg community leader; and Stanley E. Porter, a 1989 graduate of Wofford and managing director of Greater Washington Area Deloitte Consulting LLP in McLean, Va. (Full biographies below.)

At the May meeting of the board of trustees, trustees Albert Gray, a 1971 Wofford graduate and retired business executive; Jimmy Gibbs, CEO of Gibbs International in Spartanburg; and J.E. Reeves Jr., president and treasurer of The Reeves Foundation in Summit, N.J., retired from the body.

Re-elected as officers at the May meeting for the 2010-11 year were Hugh C. Lane Jr., president and CEO of The Bank of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., chair; J. Harold Chandler, class of 1971, chief operating officer of Univers Workplace Benefits of Hammonton, N.J., vice chair; and C. Michael Smith, Wofford Class of 1975, of Greenville, S.C., president of Smith Development Co., secretary.

BIOGRAPHIES:

H. Neel Hipp Jr.

H. Neel Hipp Jr. is the owner of Hipp Investments LLC in Greenville, S.C. He is a 1973 graduate of Furman University and received his MBA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1975. He is a trustee and treasurer of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and is vice chairman and member of the board of directors of Independence National Bank. He served on the Wofford College Parents Council from 2002 to 2005. His son, William Richardson Hipp, and daughter, Mary Timmons Hipp Hendricks, and her husband, Blair Freeman Hendricks, are Wofford graduates. Hipp and his wife, Scott Timmons Hipp, have two other children, Corinne Fishburne Hipp and Herman Neel Hipp III.

Betty J. Montgomery

Betty James Montgomery is a native of Hamlet, N.C., and is a 1972 graduate of Converse College. Married to Walter Montgomery Jr. of Spartanburg, she and her family are among the business and philanthropic giants of South Carolina. In addition to raising four children, Betty and Walter Montgomery each has served as director of the Spartanburg County Foundation and have been involved in a myriad of charitable and civic interests throughout the state and region. Mrs. Montgomery currently chairs the Noble Tree Foundation and is a member of the President’s Advisory Board at Wofford. She also is a member of the boards of the Seth Milliken Foundation and the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg. She has served as a trustee of Converse College, the Piedmont Chapter of the American Red Cross, along with other community organizations, as well as Spartanburg’s Episcopal Church of the Advent. Betty and Walter Montgomery, along with his sister, Dr. Rose Montgomery Johnston, were recognized in 2009 with the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Wofford College National Alumni Association. They provided the lead gift to the college for the Montgomery Family Music Building, which will renovate the former Baptist Collegiate Center into the music center for the college.

Stanley E. Porter

Stanley E. Porter, a native of Columbia, S.C., is managing director of Greater Washington Area Deloitte Consulting LLP in McLean, Va. He is a 1989 graduate of Wofford College and served as student body president. He received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is on the board of directors of the Greater Washington Boys & Girls Club and Deloitte Consulting LLP. He and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter, have funded an endowed scholarship at Wofford. They have two children, Kirby and Haley Porter.