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Two alumni elected to board of trustees

Chris Goodall and Corry Oakes
2009-06-08

Two trustees retire from board service; new officers elected

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Two Wofford College alumni were elected last week to the college’s board of trustees at the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Carolina. Two other trustees retired from the body and new officers were elected during the board’s spring meeting on campus in May.

Elected were D. Christian Goodall, president and CEO of Continental American Insurance Co. in Columbia, S.C., and a 1979 Wofford graduate; and Corry W. Oakes III, president and CEO of OTO Development LLC in Spartanburg, a 1989 graduate of the college. (Full biographies below.)

At the May meeting of the board of trustees, chair Thomas C. Brittain, a 1975 graduate of Wofford, retired after serving the maximum consecutive terms of 12 years on the board. His final act as chair was handing out Bibles to new graduates at Commencement on May 17. He is a partner in the law firm of Hearn, Brittain & Martin, P.A., in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Also leaving the board was Ann C. Johnson of Spartanburg, who served a four-year term. (Full biographies below.)

New officers elected at the May meeting for the 2009-10 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. (Full biographies below.)

BIOGRAPHIES:

Thomas C. Brittain
Thomas C. Brittain, a native of Swansea, S.C., earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and entered the U.S. Army as a captain at Fort Hood, Texas, where he tried courts-martial for four years. As a private practitioner, he has been involved in many significant trials, both civil and criminal, in recent South Carolina history. He received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ranking and has been selected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Brittain also is a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. He is a founding member of the board of directors of South Atlantic Bank of Myrtle Beach. He was named one of South Carolina’s “Super Lawyers” for 2009. He is an active member and lay leader at First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach, where he has taught a youth Sunday School class for decades.

J. Harold Chandler
As chief operating officer of Univers Workplace Solutions, the largest benefit communication and enrollment firm in the United States, J. Harold Chandler oversees Univers’ Regional Service Centers in New Jersey, Florida and California and coordinates all merger and acquisition activity. He has more than 36 years experience in the financial services industry during which he participated in numerous M&A transactions. From 1972 through 1993, he was employed by The Bank of America and rose to the rank of president of the Mid-Atlantic Banking Group. He was president of The Citizens and Southern National Bank of South Carolina, a predecessor company of The Bank of America. From 1993 to 2003, he was chairman, president and CEO of UnumProvident Corp., now Unum. He and several colleagues then co-founded Benefit Partners of America (BPA). In November 2004, Benefit Partners of America was acquired by Univers Workplace Solutions, a portfolio company of Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. Chandler earned the MBA from the University of South Carolina and completed The Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He serves on the board of directors for Milliken and Co. and Continental American Insurance Company. He previously served on the boards of Herman Miller Inc., Storage Technology, AmSouth Bancorporation (now Region’s Financial) and Colonial Life Insurance Co.

/uploadedImages/newsroom/newsImagesPhotos/goodallChris_300dpi.jpgD. Christian Goodall
D. Christian Goodall, also a graduate of the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, has served on Wofford’s Alumni Executive Council and now is on its President’s Advisory Board. He is a board member of the Hammond School in Columbia, and he and his family have been supporters of a number of charitable organizations in the Midlands. Goodall also has served on a number of boards in the Columbia area, including Providence Hospital, the S.C. ETV Commission, Carolina First Bank, EdVenture Children’s Museum and the Salvation Army. He has been active in Wofford alumni activities, and has three daughters, including Elizabeth Goodall, a 2009 Wofford graduate. He is a member of the college’s National Campaign Steering Committee, which serves to oversee the ongoing capital campaign, and he is a member of the President’s Advisory Board.

Ann C. Johnson
Ann Cobb Johnson is a graduate of Stratford College and the University of South Carolina. She and her family have been involved in the creation of endowed scholarship funds at Wofford in Johnson family members’ names, and an endowed chair honoring the memory of her late brother John C. Cobb, a 1976 graduate of Wofford and professor at the time of his death in 2004. She was a leader in the establishment of the popular and successful Terrier Ball, now a Wofford Homecoming fixture. As a board member, she chaired the Committee on Education and was a member of the Executive Committee. She and her husband, Stewart, are active parishioners at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg and are patrons of the arts and other efforts to improve the quality of life in the community. They have four children, three of whom are Wofford graduates.

Hugh C. Lane Jr.
Hugh C. Lane Jr., a native of Charleston, is a graduate of the Choate School in Wallingford, Conn., and earned a BA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He began his banking career in 1972 at C&S National Bank of Georgia in Atlanta. A year later, he accepted a position with Chemical Bank, New York, then returned to South Carolina in 1974 as city executive in Sumter with C&S of South Carolina. In 1976, he returned to Charleston as executive vice president, heading C&S Bank’s Southern Region Credit. He served on C&S Bank of South Carolina’s board of directors for 14 years. In 1986, when C&S Bank of South Carolina was acquired by C&S Bank of Georgia, he resigned to head a group of local business and community leaders who organized The Bank of South Carolina. Lane has served as a member of the advisory committee for the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve System and is currently a member of the Charleston County Conservation Bank Board. He is past chairman of the board of trustees for the Belle W. Baruch Foundation; trustee and past chairman of the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities; trustee and past president of the Charleston Museum; past co-chairman of the Community Relations Committee; past member of the advisory committee for the Storm Eye Institute of the Medical University of South Carolina; member of the Trident Chamber of Commerce; and past member of the board of Trident Urban League. Lane is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Charleston Southern University and The Citadel. He was the 1997 recipient of the “Distinguished Citizen Award” from the Wofford College National Alumni Council, as well as the 1997 recipient of the Avery Citizenship Award for outstanding community service, presented by the Avery Research Center. The Charleston Chamber of Commerce presented Lane with the 2004 Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award. In 2008, Lane was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford.

/uploadedImages/newsroom/newsImagesPhotos/oakesCorry_300dpi.jpgCorry W. Oakes III
Before starting and heading OTO Development, a hospitality management business, Corry W. Oakes III was president and CEO of Extended Stay America in Spartanburg and had been director of construction for Blockbuster Entertainment. Oakes and his family are active supporters of the Spartanburg Day School and other Spartanburg area civic organizations. He is currently a member of the Wofford College President’s Advisory Board and is involved with the Terrier Club athletics support organization.

C. Michael Smith
C. Michael Smith, a native of Rock Hill, S.C., graduated from Wofford in 1975 and immediately went into the banking industry. He soon joined his family’s growing flooring distribution business in Greenville, S.C., later becoming its CEO. The family sold the business in 2006 and Smith continued to work for another year for the new company, Kraus Orders Inc., before retiring after 30 years in the flooring industry. He then turned his full attention to his other business, Smith Development Co., a real estate company that manages light industrial buildings. He was chairman of marshals at Thornblade Club for the Nationwide Tour’s May 2009 BMW Charity Pro-Am and is a volunteer rules official for amateur golf in South Carolina and North Carolina. He is a member of the board of governors of the Greenville Country Club and a member of the board of directors and membership chairman of the Upstate Carolina Angel Network. He is a member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church in Greenville, where he chairs the Career Transitions Committee and the Adult Ministries Council and vice chair of the Staff-Parish Committee.

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