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Three join Wofford College board of trustees

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Three new members of the Wofford College Board of Trustees were elected at the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Carolina, held this spring on the Wofford campus.

Two are filling seats opened by the retirements of Dr. C.N. Papadopoulos and Bishop Will Willimon; the third is an addition to the board. The board is growing from 28 to 29 new members this year, and will add another new member each year for the next two years, bringing the total to 31 in 2007.

Newly elected trustees are William R. “Bill” Cobb, chief executive officer of JM Smith Corp. and its subsidiary, QS/1 Data Systems, based in Spartanburg; Ann C. Johnson, a long-time Wofford supporter and member of its President’s Advisory Board; and Jerome J. “Jerry” Richardson, founder and owner of the Carolina Panthers.

Cobb, a Spartanburg native, has been with JM Smith Corp., the state’s third-largest privately held company, for more than 30 years. He recently led the location and construction of the $14 million, six-story headquarters building for QS/1 in downtown Spartanburg. Cobb is a graduate of Dutchess County Community College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina Upstate. He is a member of the Spartanburg Community Band. He is married to Linda K. Cobb; they have two adult children.

Johnson, also a Spartanburg native, and her family have been connected to the Wofford College community for a number a years. Her husband, Stewart, attended Wofford, as did three of their four children. Her late brother, John C. Cobb, was a Wofford professor. After his death in a traffic accident in July 2004, she established an endowed chair at Wofford in his memory. The family also established the Stewart Heath Johnson Family Scholarship. Johnson served as an advisor to the architect for the remodeling of the President’s Home on campus, and she has been a leader in the college’s Terrier Club. The Johnson family has been instrumental in numerous projects at Wofford and in the Spartanburg area. Johnson is a graduate of Stratford College and the University of South Carolina.

Richardson, a native of Spring Hope, N.C., is a 1959 Wofford graduate, where he played football. He is returning to the board after a two-year absence, having completed two terms, 1978-1990 and 1992-2003. Richardson and his family established the Richardson Family Scholarship Program in 1988, and he has been involved extensively with the Terrier Club. He and a group of associates, many fellow Wofford alumni, built a successful food service company in the 1960s. He was awarded an NFL franchise in 1993, and established the Carolina Panthers summer training camp at Wofford College in 1995 when the team was formed. Richardson and his wife, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson, have three adult children and nine grandchildren.