Dr. Marion Peter Holt was interviewed extensively for an article in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal on the renovation of Spartanburg’s historic Montgomery Building and the revival of the Carolina Theatre, which has sat abandoned for more than 40 years. Holt, a Spartanburg native who now lives in New York, remembers watching his first vaudeville performance at the theater and ushering there during high school and college. Holt is professor emeritus of theatre at CUNY.
After retiring as associate professor of mathematics and vice president for administration from Columbia College, Dr. Joe Mitchell has formed a diverse group that meets each weekday at Trenholm Plaza Starbucks in Columbia, S.C., for support, friendship and laughter while discussing current issues. To see the group in action, visit “The Mayor of Starbucks” on YouTube.
The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame inducted Fisher DeBerry during an enshrinement ceremony on April 20. DeBerry played college football and baseball at Wofford and coached the U.S. Air Force Academy football team for 23 years.
Dr. Bill McCall Jr. and Dr. Mark McCall ’68, brothers and retired dentists, were inducted into the 2016 Second Wind Hall of Fame, an honor that recognizes local retired citizens who have proven through volunteerism that life can remain impactful and productive. They live and serve in the Tryon, N.C., area.
Retired South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Costa Pleicones delivered a lecture on “Civility in an Uncivil World” during Wofford’s Phi Beta Kappa annual convocation. Pleicones serves as secretary of the college’s board of trustees.
Ronald G. Bruce, class chair
Neal W. Dickert was honored in February by the State Bar of Georgia during the annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service in Atlanta. The Augusta attorney received the Lifetime Achievement Award for work beyond the courtroom as a champion of at-risk youth.
Springer Publishing recently released “Uncon-ventional Conflict: A Modeling Perspective,” the second book by Dr. Dean Hartley. Hartley is the principal of Hartley Consulting and chief operating officer and vice president of Sisyphus Energy Inc. He lives in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Buzz Rich, class chair
After 30 years Dr. Riddick Ackerman III retired from the practice of obstetrics and gynecology in Walterboro, S.C. On June 16, 2016, he also welcomed his first grandchild, Riddick “Penn” Ackerman V, the son of Brooke and Riddick Ackerman IV ’04. The baby comes from a long line of Wofford graduates. His great-grandfathers, Dr. Riddick Ackerman Jr. ’26 and Roddey Lehew Bell ’42, are also graduates.
Kenneth Smith, class chair
J. Harold Chandler, chair of the board, president and CEO of Milliken & Co., wants to “make the company a more visible partner in the Spartanburg business community,” according to a Feb. 23 article in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Chandler took the reins at Milliken in October 2016 and has been actively re-engaging the community with the Milliken story since. He was the 2017 Commencement speaker at Wofford and received an honorary doctor of humanities degree.
On Feb. 28, Edward Roberson sold his interest in the independent insurance agency in Tarboro, N.C., where he has worked for the past 35 years. He’s thoroughly enjoying retirement, and he and his wife are looking forward to spending more time with their daughter, son-in-law and their three children (ages 10, 9 and 6) and their son, daughter-in-law and their 2-year-old daughter.
Allen Guignard, class chair
As of March 2017, Hunter Marshall is a North Carolina Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Marshall and his wife, Sarah, live in Monroe, N.C.
Richard Cohn Sr., founder and chairman of Cohn Construction Services and Cohn Management Services in Columbia, S.C., spoke to Wofford students this spring about his time at Wofford, his career and what it takes to build a business. Cohn spoke at The Space in the Mungo Center.
Jerry Calvert, class chair
After serving as a circuit judge and subsequently general counsel at Santee Cooper, Jim Brogdon has returned to the practice of law. He is a certified circuit court mediator and focuses on mediation and arbitration.
Woody Willard of Spartanburg began his term as the new chairman of the South Carolina Department of Transportation in January 2017. He has been representing the 4th Congressional District on the SCDOT Commission since 2014.
The Columbia Star featured Emily deQuincey-
Newman, a descendant of American patriots and civil rights leaders, and her interest in history and genealogy in its Feb. 10 edition. She is the managing partner of Harbison Hall Assisted Living.
The Rev. Dr. Donald Ray Hayes is the vicar for Christ Church Florence. He lives in Dillon, S.C.
Armando Lorente, class chair
Barnwell Fishburne has been elected vice chair of the Colleton Medical Center Board of Trustees. An active member of the board since 2014, he is president of Fishburne and Co. Development Corp. Fishburne lives in Walterboro, S.C.
Wade Ballard, class chair
Florence, S.C., dentist Dr. James A. Richardson recently was appointed to the Medical University of South Carolina Board of Visitors. Richardson has been practicing dentistry for 32 years and currently works at Lunn Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. He and his wife, Dr. Wendy Caldwell, have two children.
Patrick Watson, class chair
After retiring from a career in education, Alice Littlejohn Bomar has returned to Wofford as the administrative assistant to the dean of the library and the interlibrary loan coordinator at the Sandor Teszler Library. She worked in the library for two years while attending Wofford.
Madison Dye, class chair
Coldwell Banker Caine recently welcomed Anne Robinson Poliakoff as a residential sales agent in the firm’s Spartanburg office.
A retired U.S. Army colonel, Claude Schmid recently published a military novel titled “Princes of War.” It tells the story of young soldiers at war and how they deal with the challenges of combat. Schmid served for more than 30 years.
Scott Gantt, class chair
The Florence Morning News featured Nick Townsend, a chef and musician, for his work with the Taste of the Symphony fundraising event in Florence, S.C. Townsend has served as the food service director of Carolinas Hospital System/Morrison Healthcare for 26 years. He also sings with Masterworks Choir and is on the Florence Symphony Board.
Ken Kirkpatrick, class chair
Del Allen Jr. has met more than 500,000 elementary school students since founding Diamond Del’s Gem Mining Adventure in 1993. He travels to schools throughout the Southeast in his mobile mining truck, teaching students how to study and identify rocks.
Leslee Houck Page, class chair
Bo Bozard and his wife, Amy, are proud to announce the birth of their son, James Hudson Bozard, born July 27, 2016. He joins big brother Robert Hugh Bozard. The family lives in Manning, S.C.
Longtime York Comprehensive High School teacher and coach Joey Moore was confirmed in February as the school’s new athletics director. Moore began coaching at York in 1998 and most recently has been the Cougars’ offensive line coach and head boys’ track and field coach.
Sarah Copeland Sawicki, class chair
Dennis Carl Nielsen II is the CEO/owner of BiQED, a business intelligence firm that offers data assessments and consulting, business analytics and cognitive solutions, web and mobile app development and asset analytics in White, Ga. He and his wife, Janine, have two children.
Pamela Garner Sloss is the new library media specialist at Tyger River Correctional Institution, a division of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. She is responsible for supervising inmate library clerks and supporting GED and vocational students in the education department. She lives in Union, S.C.
Dr. Rich Williams has been elected treasurer of Healthy Learners, a faith-based nonprofit in Columbia, S.C., that connects children to care so that poor health is not an obstacle to doing well in school. Williams is a senior vice president and general manager at Unum US.
Brandie Yancey Lorenz, class chair
Brandon McKillop and two partners have opened a Shane’s Rib Shack franchise at 1735 John B. White Sr. Blvd. in Spartanburg. To learn more, visit shanesribschack.com/spartanburg.
Curt Nichols, class chair
After more than a year and a half of planning, Commonhouse Aleworks has announced that it is opening a production brewery and tap house in the Park Circle neighborhood of North Charleston, S.C. Pearce Fleming Jr. is one of the partners. The opening is scheduled for late fall 2017. Visit commonhousealeworks.com for more information.
Angel Johnson-Brebner is the executive vice president of the Coastal Community Foundation in Charleston, S.C. She works with the organization’s new CEO, Darrin Goss ’93. She and her husband, Alec, have three children, Dorie Lou (7) and twins Sandy and James, born Aug. 15, 2016. “The boys were nice enough to let mom and dad drop sister off at school before making their debuts,” she writes.
Beth Mangham Guerrero, class chair
Shelley Haddock Dempsey, director of On Your Time Initiatives for the University of South Carolina, has been admitted into the Ph.D. in higher education administration, also at USC. She and her husband, Scott, live in Lexington with their two children, Aiden (12) and Cooper (9).
Former director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue, Rick Reames is back with Nexsen Pruet in Columbia, S.C. He once again will be assisting clients with complex tax, business and public policy issues.
Lt. Col. Travis Smith, stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans, La., wrote an article for the Coast Guard Air Station newspaper honoring Col. Wayne Magee Jr. on the occasion of his retirement and thanking him for his service. Smith and Magee first met at Wofford when Magee served as Smith’s assistant professor of military science.
Zach Atkinson, class chair
Emily Long, director of Handshakes and Hugs, Downtown Church, has been named one of The State newspaper’s “20 under 40” honorees, a list that recognizes people making a difference in the South Carolina Midlands. Also honored on this year’s list is Ralph Montague Laffitte III ’00, regional president for South State Bank.
Joshua Mason is the general manager of The Dump furniture outlet in Atlanta, Ga. He has two children, Hayden (15) and Celia (13).
The South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association has named Brian Nash its president for 2017-18. Nash serves as vice president of development for Agracel’s Southeast region, headquartered at Drayton Mills Marketplace in Spartanburg.
The American Optometric Association has named Dr. Elizabeth Anderson Steele, associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry, its Optometric Educator of the Year. The award was presented on June 21 in Washington, D.C.
South State Bank announced that Larry D. Windham Jr. has been named senior vice president in Moncks Corner, S.C. He and his wife, Sarah, have two children.
Jenna Sheheen Bridgers, class chair
A partner in the Smith Moore Leatherwood law firm, Allyson Jones Labban obtained her certification in health care privacy compliance. She works with hospitals and other health care providers to identify, respond to and resolve compliance issues.
Yorke Gerrald, class chair
Brooke Joye and Will Anthony welcomed baby boy Wilson Luke Anthony on Jan. 21, 2017. The family lives in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
The Self Family Foundation Board of Trustees has announced the election of Dr. Lucas McMillan as a trustee. McMillan is the dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and associate professor of political science at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C.
Tracy Howard, class chair
In April Will Bowen completed training and was sworn in as a deputy U.S. marshal. He and his wife, Lauren, and their three children, McKenna, Wood and Jeb, have relocated from Ashburn, Va., to Columbus, Ga.
Rebecca Terry Coleman and her husband, Thomas, announce the birth of their daughter, Mary McBee “Mary Mac” Coleman, born March 17, 2017. They live in Columbia, S.C.
Laura Fowler Watson and her husband, Trenton, welcomed a daughter, Ruby Beatrice Watson, born in January. She joins big brother Simon, who is 5. They live in Ballwin, Mo.
Fred Byers, class chair
Look for Ashley Borders as one of “six lifelong friends” navigating “careers, love lives, friendships and legacies” on the current season of “Southern Charm: Savannah,” a spinoff of the popular “Southern Charm” reality show based in Charleston, S.C. The show premiered May 8 on Bravo.
Dr. Hitesh Tolani, an entrepreneur and dentist in private practice in Boston, spoke to the Wofford campus community in March, sharing his immigrant story and how his persistence and the support of the Wofford family brought him to where he is today. Tolani also held a smaller gathering with students in The Space in the Mungo Center. There he talked about careers in dental medicine and what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
Ryan Waller, class chair
Dr. Catherine England-Plisiewicz and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of Elizabeth Clair England-Plisiewicz, born Feb. 18, 2017. The family lives at Ella’s Grove in Marion, S.C.
Jon Wheeler has joined the Wofford football coaching staff as an assistant coach working with outside linebackers. Wheeler has spent the past two seasons as assistant head football coach and assistant athletics director at the Hammond School in Columbia, S.C.
Hadley Green Inabinet, class chair
Joseph Bias of McAngus, Goudelock and Courie in Columbia has been named the 2017 Lawyer of the Year by the S.C. Bar Law Related Education Division. The award recognizes Bias’ longtime volunteer efforts with mock trial programs in schools.
Margaret Beacham Conner and Garrison Kennedy Conner ’09 announce the birth of Margaret Louise “Molly” Conner, born May 15, 2017. Everyone is healthy and happy.
Hunter Miller, class chair
In May Matt Giles played Bud Davenport, one of the leads, in the hit musical spoof “Gutenberg! The Musical!” at the Jewelbox Theater in Seattle, Wash. In the role, he and his co-lead play all the parts and sing all the songs. Giles is a theatre director, performer, teacher and producer in the Seattle area. He is the associate producing director at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.
On March 7 Lollie Haselden became the executive assistant to Bishop L. Jonathan Holston of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Haselden has served as Rock Hill District administrative assistant for the past five years. She is pursuing her MA in practical theology with a concentration in church administration at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, N.C.
John P. Linton announces the formation of the law firm of Walker, Gressette, Freeman and Linton in Charleston, S.C. Linton lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife, Julia, and their sons, Jack and Fritz.
Nathan Madigan, class chair
Sarah Shelley Ford has joined First Citizens Bank as a business banker. She is based in the East Bay Street office in downtown Charleston, S.C.
Nathan Madigan, chief operating officer of LEAD Public Schools, has been selected by the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management to receive a two-year full-tuition scholarship to the university’s executive MBA program.
The South Carolina Department of Commerce has hired John Wood as business development manager for the agency’s office in Europe. He will work with European companies seeking to locate or expand business operations in the state.
Peyton Hray, class chair
Garrison Conner is the new director of residential life at Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. He had been director of admission and financial aid at Christ School in Asheville, N.C. He and his wife, Meg Beacham Conner ’06, have a 2-year-old son and a newborn daughter (see Class of 2006).
Alexandra Corby and Elliott Fraser were married on Nov. 12, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. They now live in Charlotte, N.C., where Alexandra is in client engagement with Wells Fargo. Elliott is an assistant solicitor for South Carolina’s 6th Circuit Court. Wofford friends in the wedding included Meredith Corby Conner ’12, Will Conner ’08, Nancy Rucker Greene, Luci Laffitte ’11, Courtney Tuz Redding ’08 and Samantha Hall Thornton.
Dr. Ashley Carr Sims and her husband, Cole, welcomed their second son, Benjamin Charles Sims, on Feb. 19, 2017. Big brother Colston (2) is excited, too. They live in Chapel Hill, N.C.
A lobbyist, Stewart Barber Young is the vice president for federal affairs with Corley Consulting in Washington, D.C.
Kari Harris, class chair
GoUpstate.com featured Laney Alverson for his development of Project Hub, a “maker space” or place for people to collaborate, innovate and cultivate community. He says the company operates in the same way as a fitness center, with a membership fee that includes access to equipment, space and classes. Project Hub was founded in 2014.
The Westminster Foundation of West Virginia has called the Rev. Chris Bailey as the new campus minister of Marshall UKirk or “university church.” Bailey was co-moderator of the Presbyterian Student Association (now Spartanburg UKirk) at Wofford for two years.
Meredith Ann Carter has joined the insurance defense firm of McAngus Goudelock and Courie in Columbia, S.C. She works in the area of workers’ compensation defense.
William Render is the senior director for ambulatory care operations at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, S.C. He manages day-to-day transportation operations among the center’s 20 primary care and specialty care physician practice locations.
Poets & Quants named Austin Webb one of the Best and Brightest MBAs of 2017. Webb, a graduate of Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, gives much credit for his success to Wofford mentors. Read a story about Webb and his start-up, RoBotany, from the Spring 2017 Wofford Today, online at wofford.edu/woffordtoday.
Nam Pham, class chair
While working as a reimbursement analyst with the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Paul Gores Jr. is pursuing a master’s degree in health administration, also at MUSC.
Margaret Elizabeth “Megan” Heil and William Frank Revson were married March 4. She is the manager of TC Bearies in Easley, S.C. Her husband works at The Gordian Group in Greenville.
Anna Barber Marsh has joined the insurance defense firm of McAngus Goudelock and Courie in Columbia, S.C. Her practice focuses on general liability defense. She’s married to Richard Marsh ’08.
Hallie Willm, class chair
John Thomas Cannon and Kimberlee Allen Lockwood were married on March 18, 2017. They live in Irmo, S.C. The bride is employed with the Lexington Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council in Columbia. The groom works with First Community Bank in Lexington.
Stephanie Jean Lenes and Gerry Jacob George were married at Saint Philip’s Church in Charleston, S.C.
Victoria Amick, class chair
Cory Heimburger was promoted to the rank of captain on May 1. He is a U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to the historic 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. His unit is a response force for the Pacific theater.
Dr. Brantlee Tinsley received her doctor of dental medicine degree in 2017 from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She now lives in Greenwood, S.C.
Rebecca Willis Vickery and her husband, Zane, welcomed baby girl Nelle on Feb. 3, 2017. Rebecca just completed her doctor of pharmacy degree on May 5. The family lives in Greenwood, S.C.
Hampton Lake Williams and Julia Lake Cauthen ’14 were married on March 25, 2017, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. The bride is an executive search consultant with Find Great People, International of Greenville, S.C. The groom is attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.
Shri Selvakumar, class chair
Brecken Harper Cornely is a behavior analyst with the Project Hope Foundation. She and her husband, John Cornely IV ’11, a sales representative with Physicians Pharmacy Alliance, live in Charleston, S.C. The two will celebrate their first wedding anniversary in November.
Maggie Stroud, class chair
Jillian Marie Cothran and James Whipple Heard ’17 were married Feb. 11, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. The bride is employed with Johnson and Wales University as a Reformed University Fellowship intern. The groom is a pastoral intern with Bethel Presbyterian Church in Clover, S.C., where the couple are making their home.
Jacolvy Garcia is a family services coordinator with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.
The LandTrust for Central North Carolina has named Sam Parrott as its new membership and outreach associate. The trust, headquartered in Salisbury, has conserved more than 25,000 acres in 10 central North Carolina counties. Parrott has worked with conservation organizations in Arizona, Colorado and South Carolina as well.
Madison Walter is working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Global Health Protection as a health communications ORISE fellow. She graduated from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in May with a master’s degree in public health in behavioral science and health education. She lives in Atlanta, Ga.
Marianna Conrad, class chair
Ashlyn Keightley Miller and her husband, Logan, welcomed a son, Bron Verlin Miller, born March 7, 2017.
Coldwell Banker Commercial Caine recently welcomed Wiley North as a commercial sales associate in the Spartanburg office. North also volunteers with Troop 1, a unit of the Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America.