Two students talking with Dean Wallace

Jerry Richardson

Jerry RichardsonJerry Richardson, a 1959 Wofford College graduate, and arguably the college’s most visible alumnus, has enjoyed a decades-long relationship with his alma mater. He was a campus leader and earned All-America football honors while playing for the Terriers. Richardson completed his third term as a member of the Wofford Board of Trustees (2006 – 2017), having also served from 1978-90 and from 1992-2004. At the conclusion of his third term on the college's Board of Trustees, he was granted the status of Trustee Emeritus. He also was co-chair of a successful $106 million fund-raising campaign that ended in December 2008. He has been recognized with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award and the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities from Wofford. In recognition of his brilliant football career at Wofford, Richardson’s jersey number “51” is being officially retired by the college in 2011. For two seasons after graduation, Richardson played for the Baltimore Colts, catching a touchdown pass from the legendary Johnny Unitas in the 1959 NFL championship game. He then enjoyed a successful 34-year career in the food service business. He is the founder and former ownner of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Richardson and his wife, Rosalind, live in Charlotte, N.C.. They are the parents of three adult children, Mark, Ashley and the late Jon Richardson.