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Wofford’s oldest living alumnus, DuPre “Jack” Sassard, recently was featured in the newsletter for The Villages at Sydney Creek in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The article highlighted Sassard’s distinguished career in the military, including his work decoding Enigma messages and later commanding a site where the Army collected stolen art from World War II. Over the years he has enjoyed home renovations, stamp collecting, horses and miniature home building. His model of the San Luis Obispo Mission is in the SLO Mission Museum.


World War II veteran and former Spartanburg School District 2 principal Gene Tabbot has been awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent, one of the state of South Carolina’s highest honors. The award recognizes a lifetime of service to his community, including 40 years as an educator and service during World War II.


Dr. Charles Israel was a recipient of one of three 2015 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities, awarded by the Humanities Council of South Carolina. He recently retired after serving 28 years as professor of English and department chair at Columbia College. His dedication to teaching, scholarship and service in the field of literary arts has benefited thousands of students with far-reaching influence beyond the walls of academia.


Henry M. Smith spent five weeks in Berlin in June studying German and touring Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, remarkable vestiges of The Wall, the Museum of German History and the Holocaust Memorial, among other sites. Smith, a former lecturer in French at the University of New Hampshire, writes that the historic, dynamic city of Berlin in the heart of Europe was a new adventure for him. He continues to reside in Durham, N.H.


Dr. John Carver Edwards is currently in his 20th year as a reviewer for the Library Journal, founded in 1876. He primarily works with books about history and biography, science and technology, particularly relating to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the Antebellum Period, the Great Depression and New Deal, World Wars I and II, and the histories of American aviation, the automobile and space exploration. He has reviewed 152 titles. In addition to his reviews, Edwards has authored five books and 32 professional articles. Edwards has served as a university records officer, university archivist and special projects archivist at the University of Georgia, Athens, and as head of the private manuscripts department at the old Georgia State Archives in Atlanta.


Stewart Johnson and Donnie McDonald, class chairs

Ed Callison continues to sell copies of his books, “No Sweat, GI,” a Vietnam memoir, and “Journeys Through Cancer and Faith,” a survivor’s story that he wrote with co-author Bill Rogerson. Visit for the Kindle versions or contact Callison directly for a paperback copy. Callison lives in Cumming, Ga., with his wife, Anna.


Buzz Rich, class chair

Johnny Linton is special counsel with Duffy & Young in Charleston, S.C.


Kenneth Smith, class chair

In January, Dr. Herbert X. Smith announced his retirement after 35 years of practicing emergency medicine. He and his wife, Jan, are looking forward to travel and leisure time — something they have not had much of until now.

Bob Wickwire and his wife, Beth, live in Sequim, Wash. He retired after 33 years in hospital materials management and medical equipment planning.


Richard Cohn Sr., founder of Cohn Construction, was featured in Columbia Business Monthly as one of Parker Poe’s 50 Most Influential People. Cohn has been helping revitalize the area as chairman of the Columbia Planning Commission. 

George Stewart has joined Yadkin Mortgage as a reverse mortgage consultant. He will be based in Summerville, S.C.


Jimmy Guthrie was named the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business/Person of the Year in November. Guthrie, who has worked in the automotive business for 38 years, owns Superior Motors.


Armando Llorente, class chair

In December, featured George Atkins as the owner of the nation’s last remaining Yogi Bear’s Honey Fried Chicken, a chain of fast food fried chicken restaurants licensed by Hanna-Barbera Productions. He has owned the restaurant, located in Hartsville, S.C., since 2004.


Paul Kountz Jr., class chair

Dr. Paul Kountz Jr. is a partner in Upstate Carolina Radiology in Spartanburg. He and his wife live in Greenville, S.C.


Patrick Watson, class chair

Ronnie Andrews has joined the board of directors for Oxford Immunotec Global, a global company based in Oxford, England, and Marlborough, Mass. He most recently served as president of the Genetic Sciences Division of Thermo Fisher Scientific, a position he assumed upon Thermo Fisher’s acquisition of Life Technologies Corp., where he had been the president of the Medical Sciences Venture.

Columbia Business Monthly recently featured Steve Mungo, CEO of Mungo Homes, as one of Parker Poe’s 50 Most Influential People. Mungo received recognition for remaining true to the company’s core values and for helping establish the Community Builder Award to recognize others who give back to the community.

Hal W. Stevenson, a partner of Grace Outdoor Advertising, has been elected president of the Congaree Vista Guild, the business and homeowners association for Columbia’s Vista arts and entertainment district. 


Madison Dye Jr., class chair

Whiting Preston, president of Manatee Fruit Co., is planning to develop 1,300 acres in West Bradenton, Fla., into a master-planned, mixed-use community called The Crossroads, featuring two hotels, 6,500 homes and 2.78 million square feet of commercial space.


Ken Kirkpatrick, class chair

Stuart Smith, president and broker-in-charge of the Spartanburg-based commercial real estate sales and leasing firm Stuart Smith & Co., has announced his firm’s merger with NAI Earle Furman.


Dr. Jeffrey Holt recently was promoted to professor of otology and laryngology with tenure at Harvard University. He teaches in the Program in Neuroscience with a research emphasis on neuroscience in the inner ear.


Brand Stille, class chair

Business North Carolina magazine has named Essex Richards partner Rob Blair as the top family law attorney in North Carolina on its 2016 list of “Legal Elite.” Other attorneys in the state selected him for the honor. 


Lane Glaze, class chair

W. Scott Cochran has joined Spartanburg Methodist College as its eighth president. Cochran previously served as dean of The Space in the Mungo Center at Wofford and as a consultant with Performance Solutions by Milliken. 


Michael Sullivan, class chair

Troy M. Cox is the chief investment officer for CERTUS Senior Living. Cox has 25 years of experience in real estate strategic planning.

Philip Merry has been promoted to vice president-commercial lines for Hutson-Etherredge Companies in Aiken, S.C. He currently represents the city’s 6th district on Aiken City Council.


Scott Cashion, class chair

Sean Keenan owns a commercial property management firm in Atlanta, Ga.  


Leslee Houck Page, class chair

Dr. Erin Bentrim and James Lever were married on Dec. 5, 2015. The Rev. Luke Maybry ’98performed the ceremony, which included a special reading written by the Rev. Dr. Talmage Skinner ’56, Wofford’s chaplain emeritus. Bentrim, who lives in Huntersville, N.C., and is an assistant professor of psychology at Wingate University, recently published a book, “Coordinating Student Affairs Divisional Assessment,” released by Stylus Publishing.

Nelson Lindsay has joined the South Carolina Department of Commerce as the director of global business development. A certified economic developer, he was Richland County’s first director of economic development and served as director of economic development for Kershaw County for more than 14 years.


Nikki Palmieri Chunn

Sheryl McClerklin Booker has been elected as a trustee of The Spartanburg County Foundation. She will serve a seven-year term. Booker is a support specialist for the Spartanburg Academic Movement and serves on the board of directors for the First Tee of Spartanburg and Cherokee counties and on the community advisory board for Nurse-Family Partnership. She and her husband, Dr. Russell Booker, superintendent of Spartanburg County District 7 schools, have two sons, Grant and Maxwell. 


Sarah Sawicki, class chair

Todd Avant, CEO of NAI Avant, was featured in Columbia Business Monthly as one of Parker Poe’s 50 Most Influential People. Avant has served on the board of Richland County’s Transportation Oversight Committee, the Vista Guild Board and the EngenuitySC Board of Advisors.

The Charleston Coastal Community Foundation has named Darrin Goss Sr. president and chief executive. Goss started on Feb. 15. He had been serving as president and CEO of the Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge, La.

Tripp Whitener has been appointed chairman of the Columbia, S.C., City Center Partnership for 2016. Whitener works with First Citizens Bank.


Alicia Truesdail, class chair

In 2015, Jennifer Nodine Bell earned her master of science degree in college athletic administration from Coker College.

Lt. Col. Brent McCullouch recently graduated from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. He and his wife, Susan Benton McCullouch ’92, along with their three children, have moved back to Jackson, Miss., where he will serve as the G5 for the Mississippi Army National Guard.


Brandie Yancey Lorenz, class chair

Living in Hanover, N.H., Derek Brown has been promoted to senior associate director of leadership initiatives and principal gifts at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He also will direct the grateful patient fundraising program for the hospital.


Curt Nichols, class chair

Stewart Culler Hendrix and Lance Hendrix announce the birth of a son, Leyton Woodward Hendrix, born on Oct. 14, 2015.

Dawn Hurd-Mannine is the director of the national business unit for Worldpay, a secure credit card payment services company in Atlanta, Ga. She and her husband, Joseph, have three children, Ivey (13), Alden (10) and Ari (7).


Beth M. Guerro, class chair

“Target Tokyo,” written by James M. Scott, was named one of the 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015 by the Christian Science Monitor. The article in the Monitor praises Scott for uncovering “fresh material to provide an extraordinary complete account of the 1942 Doolittle U.S. air raid on Tokyo and its aftermath.” Financial Advisor magazine also picked “Target Tokyo” as one of its best books of 2015. 


Casey B. Moore, class chair

Michael Edens is a senior vice president with Southern First Bank in Cayce, S.C. He lives in Columbia with his wife, Cynthia, and their two children, Everett (9) and Lucy (7).


Zach Atkinson, class chair

Jan Ruth Streater Mayheu recently joined the Woodruff Arts Center corporate philanthropy team as manager of employees for the arts. She lives in Lilburn, Ga., with her husband, Tim, and their two children, Mary Clare (4) and Thomas (2). 

Brian Nash has accepted a position as vice president of development with Agracel Inc., an Illinois-based real estate development firm with a growing Southeastern footprint. Nash will remain in Spartanburg, where he had served as director of business development with the Spartanburg Economic Futures Group.


Anthony Hoefer, class chair

Meghan Audette-Nikolic and her husband, Ivan, welcomed their first child, Sara Grace Nikolic, on July 23, 2015.

In the fall, the Foothills Artisan Center in Landrum, S.C., featured the paintings of Scott Neely. “These Hills: Color & Abstraction” offered a kind of visual poem. Neely directs the Project for Community Transformation, an initiative that strengthens local faith congregations and empowers them to transform the community, especially focusing on the issues of poverty and racism. 


Jenna Sheheen Bridgers, class chair

The State newspaper recently featured Anna Ross, owner of Grapes & Gallery, a wine bar and painting studio, on Taylor Street in downtown Columbia, S.C. According to the article, “Ross works to build community through an appreciation of art, wine and craft beer.” 


Yorke Gerrald, class chair

Former treasurer of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, Tony Prestipinois now treasurer for the Florida Conference. He previously worked as a senior auditor for Deloitte and as an internal auditor for the Naval Audit Service in Washington, D.C.

Strat Stavrou is a workers’ compensation defense attorney with Willson Jones Carter & Baxley in Columbia, S.C.


Tracy Howard, class chair

Robert Goings, a litigation and trial attorney with the Goings Law Firm in Columbia, S.C., recently was featured in the Columbia Metropolitan after being named a Best Lawyer for Litigation by Best Lawyers. 

Stephen Long has been elected a partner in the tax practice of Baker & McKenzie, based in Dallas, Texas. Long’s practice focuses on federal and multistate tax controversy issues. He holds a J.D. from the University of South Carolina and an LL.M. from New York University. 


Fred Byers, class chair

Bryan Kelley is now a shareholder of the Elmore Goldsmith law firm in Greenville, S.C. Kelley joined the firm in 2009 and primarily represents general contractors, subcontractors, developers, owners and surety companies in construction and surety claims and disputes. He was selected to Super Lawyers magazine’s Rising Stars list for construction litigation in 2014 and 2015.

Jeffery Eric Owen and Ashley Mamele Owen ’06 welcomed daughter Elizabeth Blake Owen on Nov. 20, 2015. She joins big brother William Robert Owen (2).

Three Wofford graduates came together to bring college access opportunities to the Upstate community. Palmer Straughn, senior associate director of admission at Wofford, along with Rachel McCoy ’95, associate director of National College Fairs programs and services for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and Rob Rhodes ’87, director of school counseling services with Greenville County Schools, joined forces to bring the first National College Fair to the state of South Carolina. The Upstate South Carolina National College fair took place on March 19.


Ryan Waller, class chair

Dr. Lauren Stephens Holliday completed her medical training in 2015 and is now a cardiologist with Columbia Heart Clinic. Her husband, Jason Holliday ’06, owns Sandlapper Development, a real estate management and development group in Columbia, S.C.

Adam Regenthal lives in Columbia, S.C., and is the vice president of global sales for Colite, a global signage provider.


Hadley Green Inabinet, class chair

Jonathan Hyslop is now a partner at the law firm of Furniss Davis Rashkind and Saunders. The firm primarily handles civil litigation for insurance companies and local governments. 

A 13-year veteran of the music industry, Charlie Jennings has joined Los Angeles-based event producer Danny Wimmer Presents as senior vice president of operations. Jennings previously served as vice president and producer at AC Entertainment, where he oversaw concerts and festivals such as the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Julius Richardson is a project architect with Meyer Greeson Paullin Benson Architecture and Interior Design in Charlotte, N.C. He manages high-end, custom residential projects from conception to construction. 


Hunter Miller, class chair recently featured Colby Harris for his work with Atlanta Braves baseball player Cameron Maybin during the offseason. As the director of fitness with Parisi Speed School at the Xcel Sportsplex in Hendersonville, N.C., Harris has coached both children as well as elite college and professional athletes.

The Greenville News recently featured Jeni Kleckley in an article, “Female entrepreneurs changing the face of business.” Kleckley originally thought she would work as a child psychologist but realized that entrepreneurship was in her blood. She now enjoys her work as owner and operator of Monkee’s, located in the West End. 


Nathan Madigan, class chair

Ashley Glasgow Langley and Michael Langley welcomed Annabelle Ford Langley on Nov. 10, 2015 (also Ashley’s birthday). The family reports that everyone is doing well.

Kimberly R. Smith received her doctor of philosophy degree in neuroscience from Florida State University in December. Her dissertation was titled “A Psychophysical Assessment of the Role of the T1R Proteins in the Taste Transduction of Amino Acids and Maltodextrins.” She is currently a postdoctoral associate at the University of Florida in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics.


Peyton Hray, class chair

Scott Collins completed his M.Ed. in independent school leadership from Vanderbilt University in 2015. 

In 2015, Joshua Harris earned his MBA in finance from the University of South Carolina. He has joined the Clemson University Finance Department as a major adviser and personal finance lecturer. He and his wife, Cassandra, live in Moore, S.C.

An attorney with Williams Hendrix Steigner and Brink in Lexington, S.C., Michelle Lee Boykin married Jonathan Scott Matthews on Oct. 17, 2015. They live in Columbia.

Charles Connelly Prevost and Jane Gresham Werrell ’10 were married on May 16, 2015. 


Kari Harris, class chair

Living in Spartanburg, S.C., Christina Jackson Buchheit is an independent consultant with Rodan & Fields Dermatologists. She and her husband, Phil, welcomed daughter, Layla, on Oct. 11, 2015. 

Lucy Teague and Garrett Garcia were married Oct. 16, 2015, in Boca Grande, Fla.

Justin Hunter, an assistant attorney general with the South Carolina Office of the Attorney General, married Cassity Ann Brewer on Oct. 3, 2015. They live in Columbia, S.C.


Nam Pham, class chair

Lauren Brown, a third-year chemistry doctoral student in the Long Research Group at the University of Tennessee, was awarded the American Chemical Society’s Women Chemist Committee and Eli Lilly & Company Travel Award. As part of the award, Brown will present her research at the Spring 2016 ACS National Meeting in San Diego, Calif. A portion of her work already has been published in the high-impact journal ACS Catalysis. Only 11 researchers around the country received the award.

John DuBose is an engineer with General Electric (power and water) in Greenville, S.C. He lives in Easley, S.C., with his wife, April Venable DuBose. They were married on Oct. 17, 2015.


Hallie Willm, class chair

Kristina Dukes and Christopher Werner were married on July 18, 2015. Kristina is a dual medical student and master’s of public health student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Chris is a doctoral student in public health, also at USC.

In 2015, Sarah Moore was named Rookie of the Year for the South Carolina Public Relations Society of America. She recently was promoted to public relations director for Complete Public Relations in Greenville, S.C.

Ruthie Oates and Vic Bailey IV were married on Feb. 6, 2016, in Spartanburg, S.C.


Morgan Victoria Amick, class chair

In January 2015, Chris Bollinger moved to Chatham University, where he is pursuing an MFA in film and digital technology. He is currently working as the writer and director of a film called “Behind Us” about estranged siblings forced to face themselves as they spread their late father’s ashes on a road trip through the American Southwest.

Living in Charlotte, N.C., Mary Katherine DuBose is an experienced associate (CPA/auditor) with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She graduated in 2014 with a master’s degree in accountancy from Wake Forest University.

Joseph McMillan and his startup recycling business, Junk Matters, have teamed up with other entrepreneurs to form Atlas Organics, a group in Upstate South Carolina that collects food waste from restaurants, hospitals, hotels, grocery stores and corporate cafeterias and recycles it in a new composting facility. After 45 days, the finished compost will be sold to the agricultural, landscaping and home gardening markets.


Shri Selvakumar, class chair

Evie Kytan is now working as a franchise consultant for Pure Barre. She lives in Spartanburg, S.C.


John William Cox was awarded the United States Army Achievement Medal for Exceptional Meritorious Achievement for his work ethic, performance and mentorship of others. Cox is currently a second lieutenant serving at Fort Rucker, Ala., in the U.S. Army Aviation Branch.

Amelia Norman has been accepted to the M.S.N. nurse practitioner program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She will begin her focus in women’s health this fall.