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Four elected to Wofford College Board of Trustees

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2011-07-27

Six re-elected to new terms

(Caption, from top left clockwise: Jimmy Gibbs, the Rev. John Hipp, Ed Reeves and Danny Morrison) 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College has four new members of its board of trustees, who were elected at the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Carolina held in Orangeburg, S.C., in June. Six others were re-elected to four-year terms.

Dr. Daniel B. (Danny) Morrison Jr. (Wofford Class of 1975), president of the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., and the Rev. John W. Hipp (Class of 1975), a United Methodist minister serving as district superintendent for the Orangeburg (S.C.) District, were elected to fill the expired terms of Michael Brown and the Rev. Jeanette Cooper. Jimmy I. Gibbs, CEO of Gibbs International in Spartanburg, and J. Edwin Reeves Jr., president and treasurer of the Reeves Foundation in Summit, N.J., were elected to fill the terms of two trustees who chose to step down this year, Dr. Jan Love and Julian Osbon.

Re-elected to new four-year terms on the board were Frederick D. Gibbs of Spartanburg; James M. Johnson of Birmingham, Ala.; C. Michael Smith of Greenville, S.C.; J. Patrick Prothro of Park City, Utah; Joe E. Taylor of Columbia, S.C.; and John B. White Jr. of Spartanburg.

Morrison, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., was named president of the Carolina Panthers in September 2009. He was the director of athletics at Wofford from 1985 to 1997 and was senior vice president at the college from 1997 to 2001, when he left to become commissioner of the Southern Conference. Following his stint as SoCon commissioner, Morrison was chosen as director of intercollegiate athletics at Texas Christian University (TCU), where he served with distinction from 2005 until joining the Panthers in 2009. While a student at Wofford, Morrison lettered four years in basketball and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1975 with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics. He was elected to the Wofford Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. He also obtained a master of education degree in administration and supervision from the University of North Carolina in 1981 and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina in 2000. He and his wife, Peggy, have two children, Meg (Wofford Class of 2007) and Trey.

Hipp, a native of York, S.C., received an associate degree in 1973 from Spartanburg Methodist College and received his bachelor of arts degree in history from Wofford in 1975. He obtained a master of divinity degree from the Emory University Candler School of Theology in 1978. Before being chosen as district superintendent, Hipp served in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1978; those pastorates have included Aiken, Wagener, Saluda, Chapin, Conway and Charleston. Hipp is also a former trustee of Spartanburg Methodist College. He served as chaplain for the U.S. Army National Guard for 28 years and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Hipp was mobilized for active duty for 18 months and served as command chaplain of Task Force 218, Operation Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. After completion of active duty, he was appointed command chaplain of the S.C. Joint Forces Command. He retired from military service in December 2008 at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He and his wife, Carol E. Hipp, have two children, Stephanie Anne. H. King (Wofford Class of 2002) and Benjamin Wesley Hipp.

Gibbs, a native of Spartanburg, attended Wofford, Clemson University and Limestone College. He completed a 12-year term on the Wofford Board of Trustees in 2010, and has been a key figure in the momentum that Wofford has enjoyed for the past two decades. Gibbs is a widely respected Spartanburg business leader, and he and his wife, Marsha, are among the community’s most generous philanthropists. The home for Wofford Terriers football, Gibbs Stadium, was made possible by their generosity, as is the award-winning Gibbs Cancer Center of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. Virtually every charitable organization in the region has been touched by the Gibbs and positively impacted as a result of their involvement and support. In addition to the Wofford board, he serves on the boards of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and TEW, for which he serves as chairman of finance. 

Reeves, a native of Woodruff, S.C., is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and New York University, receiving a degree in business administration in 1962. He has been a major benefactor of Wofford, providing funding for the Reeves Tennis Center as well as major support for endowed professorships and endowed scholarships. He joined Reeves Brothers Inc. in 1964; was elected corporate vice president in 1970; president of Comfy (home furnishings) Division in 1971; and president of Reeves Finished Goods Division in 1972. He was elected to the company’s board of directors in 1973. In May 1975, Reeves was elected president of the company and a member of its executive committee. In 1985, he was elected to the additional post of chief executive officer. The company had two leveraged buy-outs – 1982 and 1986 – and Reeves separated from the company in 1988. He has served as trustee of the Reeves Brothers Foundation Inc. since 1972; the foundation subsequently became the Reeves Foundation, where Reeves is now president and treasurer. He has served two prior terms on the Wofford Board, the first from 1984-1996 and then 1998-2010, at which time he chaired the committee on development. Reeves served two three-year terms on the board of directors of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute, beginning in 1980 and 1985, serving on the budget, finance and membership committees. He has served on the board of directors of the Boy Scouts of America – Greater New York Council since 1974, serving as chairman of the board campaign for two years, and as a member of the executive committee and as vice president. He received the Good Scout Award for Textile Division in 1985 and the Silver Beaver Award in 1994. Reeves served on the board of the Overlook Hospital Foundation from 1993 to 2000 and was a member of the donor recognition committee. He has been on the board of the Ronald McDonald House since 1990, serving as chairman of the foundation committee from 1997 to 2007 and as a member at-large since 2007. He also served a three-year term, commencing in 1983, on the board of directors of the South Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association. He was on the board of advisors and served as chairman of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina. He was chairman of the Textile Industry U.S Savings Bond Campaign from 1986 to 1989, during President Ronald Reagan’s administration. Reeves founded the Parents Association at Vanderbilt University and was national chairman from 1991 to 1992. He has been president of the board of trustees of the United Methodist Church in Summit, N.J., since 1997, and has been on the board of trustees since 1980. He has served as chair and member of various boards and committees of the church. Reeves served on the Wofford College board of trustees from 1984 to 1996 and from 1998 to 2010, before being elected again for 2011. He served as chair of the development committee from 1989 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2010. He was chairman of the executive committee for the Campaign for Wofford from 1984 to 1996. He served on the trustee leadership committee from 1984 to 1996, and on the trustee and governance committee from 1998 to 2010. In October 1985, Reeves was the recipient of the Columbia College Medallion in Columbia, S.C., and in January 2011 he received an honorary degree from Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J. Reeves graduated from New York University and served in the U.S. Army from November 1962 to November 1964. He is a member of the Beacon Hill Club of Summit, N.J.