Breaking Down
Elon University's
Board of Trustees

Board of trustees members

Noel Allen '69

Started Board: 1985

Noel Allen is a lawyer and the president of Allen and Pinnix P.A. He has an expertise in antitrust law and has been admitted to practice in all North Carolina federal and state level courts. Currently, he serves as a member of the advisory board for Elon Law after having helped establish the school.

Kerri Brown Anderson '79

Started Board: 2016

Starting in 2001, Kerri Brown Anderson served as the chief financial officer of Wendy’s for five years, then as the CEO. She served as CEO for over two years until the company merged with Arby’s. On top of serving on the Elon Board of Trustees, she is on the boards of directors for LabCorp, Worthington Industries, Abercrombie & Fitch and Sherwin-Williams.

Howard Arner '63

Started Board: 1996

During Howard Arner’s ‘63 career, he worked as the president and chief operating officer of the Insurance Solutions Group for Fiserv, a provider of technology for financial services. During Arner’s time at Elon, he played football. He has also supported Elon Athletics through his contributions to both the construction of Schar Center and the Arner Family Football Scholarship.

A. Christine Baker '88

Started Board: 2003

A. Christine Baker ‘88 spent the majority of her career as the chief financial officer of 1st State Bank. Currently, She is an instructor of finance in the Love School of Business. Baker sponsors the Christine Baker Elon Engagement Scholarship, which assists students with financial needs who don’t qualify for Pell Grants. The scholarship aims to increase socioeconomic diversity.

Kenneth Brown Jr. '19

Started Board: 2019

Kenneth Brown Jr. ‘19 was the executive president of the Student Government Association during his time at Elon. He is currently serving a two-year term as a youth trustee. Brown majored in human service studies at Elon and was part of the Black Student Union. He is currently in a paid fellowship at the A.J. Fletcher Foundation which promotes education, faith and the arts.

Robert Chandler '69

Started Board: 2019

Bob Chandler is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he majored in business management. Chandler is currently the vice president of Burlington-based Chandler Concrete, which has been family-owned and operated for more than 35 years. Bob joined the business in 1989, after serving four years as a branch manager for Wachovia. Prior to becoming a trustee, Chandler served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council, the Chandler Center Advisory Board, the Athletics Advisory Council and the Board of Visitors.

Charles Clohan '98

Started Board: 2016

Charles Clohan ‘98 was a former principal and partner of Dittmar Company and is now a private real estate investor. He and his father, Richard A. Clohan III, have both made contributions to the Koury Business Center and provide support for the university and the Phoenix Club. The dining hall in the Colonnades Neighborhood is named for the Clohan family.

Louis DeJoy

Started Board: 2007

Louis DeJoy is the United States postmaster general and started this role on June 15, 2020. Dejoy is the president and founder of LDJ Global Strategies, a real estate and equity firm based out of Greensboro. He also served as chief executive of XPO Logistics and New Breed Logistics, which XPO acquired in 2014. DeJoy was recognized with Elon’s Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership in 2017 and currently is a trustee of The Fund for American Studies, PGA Wyndham Championship and the Piedmont Triad Partnership.

Edward W. Doherty

Started Board: 2006

Edward Doherty previously served as the chairman of the Elon Board of Trustees, with his term ending in June 2020. He is chairman and co-CEO of Doherty Enterprises, which owns restaurants such as Applebees and Panera Bread. Doherty and his wife created The Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Love School of Business at Elon.

Wes Elingburg

Started Board: 2005

Starting in 1980, Wesley Elingburg worked as a public accountant for LabCorp in Burlington. 25 years later, Elingburg retired as the chief financial officer, a position he held at the company for nine years. Currently he is a managing partner of the Greensboro Grasshoppers and serves on the Board of Hospice In Alamance and Caswell counties and the board of trustees of Greensboro Day School.

Allen Gant Jr.

Started Board: 1997

Allen Gant Jr. is the chairman of Glen Raven Inc., a textile company his grandfather founded in 1880. Gant served as CEO of Glen Raven from 1996 to 2017. He served as the chair of the National Council of Textile Organizations and the Institute of Textile Technology. Also, he sat on the board of directors for the North Carolina Textile Foundation Inc. He was honored with a degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Elon.

Michele Skeens Hazel '78

Started Board: 1995

After graduating from Elon in 1978, Michele Hazel launched a career as a philanthropist. Before joining the Board of Trustees, Hazel served as a vice-chair for the Ever Elon Campaign. She and her husband, Jack Hazel gave a gift to the campaign endowing the Skeen-Watson Law Professorship at Elon’s School of Law.

James Hendrickson '71

Started Board: 2008

After graduating from Elon in 1971, James Hendrickson founded Hendrickson Mechanical Services Inc. in 1993, where he served as president and CEO. In 2007, the Hendricksons made a $1 million gift to name the Hendrickson Football Center in honor of his father, Horace J. Hendrickson, who was Elon’s head football coach from 1937 to 1941.

William Herbert '68

Started Board: 1996

Having served as a physician for over three decades, William Herbert retired in 2011 as professor of obstetrics and gynecology and chair of the department at the University of Virginia Medical Center. The Virginia native is the 2016 recipient of Kappa Sigma’s William E. Gortney Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Elon Medallion. He also has supported a number of initiatives at Elon, including the Elon LEADS Campaign, the construction of the Ernest A. Koury Sr. Business Center, Elon Athletics and the creation of the Madaline Cates Herbert ‘31 Memorial Scholarship.

John Hill '76

Started Board: 2013

John Hill is the founder and CEO of Pinnacle Advisory Group Inc., which is based out of Columbia, Maryland. Hill, along with his wife Lesley, established the John R. Hill ’76 and Lesley W. Hill Endowed Fund for Engaged Learning in Business to support Elon students in their research and internship endeavors. He also has previously served in 2009 as the president of the alumni board.

Vicky Hunt

Started Board: 1997

Victoria Hunt is the CEO of the Hunt Electric Supply Company. In 2005, she and her husband Sam were awarded the Frank S. Holt Jr. Business Leadership Award for their contributions to the local community. The Hunts have also given donations toward the construction of Elon’s softball field, known as Hunt Softball Park. As a philanthropist, Victoria Hunt has donated scholarships to the Ever Elon Campaign.

William Inman

Started Board: 2005

William J. Inman and his wife Pat received Elon’s highest honor, the Elon Medallion, in 2019 in recognition of their efforts to help Elon improve in engaged learning and leadership. In, 2017, Inmnan’s established 10 endowed Odyssey scholarships. Inman also donated the lead amount to the Inman Admissions Welcome Center and have also supported the Rhodes Stadium, Alumni Field House, the Ernest A. Koury Sr. Business Center and the Numen Lumen Pavilion.

Burney Jennings '87

Started Board: 2000

Son of Maurice Jennings ‘57, Maurice “Burney” Jennings Jr. succeeded his father as the president and CEO of Biscuitville in 1997. Since he stepped into this role, Jennings has continued to expand the company’s locations in North Carolina and Virginia. Jennings and his wife endowed a professorship at Elon University’s School of Law. As a board member, Jennings has led fundraising campaigns for Elon’s Center for the Arts and the law school. He is also a 2006 recipient of the Elon Medallion to honor his service for the university.

Michelle Larose

Started Board: 2012

Amy "Michelle" LaRose is an attorney in Annapolis, Maryland and is the daughter of two Elon alumni. Her father, Robert LaRose, was a member of the board from 1985 to 2006, when he was named as Elon’s first Life Trustee. Her mother, Gail LaRose, served on Elon’s National Alumni Executive Board and Elon’s Board of Visitors. Along with her brother Scott, Michelle LaRose established the Gail H. LaRose Endowed Scholarship in memory of their mother. She also serves on Elon’s campaign planning committee. Michelle LaRose is a graduate of the College of William and Mary's School of Law and the mother of three children.

Robert Long Jr.

Started Board: 2004

Robert Edward Long Jr. co-founded and served as a law partner at Long, Miller & Associates until its sale in 2002. He was involved in the establishment of Elon’s School of Law and was bestowed the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters in 2010 by Elon President Emeritus Leo Lambert. Long was inducted into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 2018 for his efforts in saving Greensboro's PGA Tour stop. He chairs the Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation and raises money for the United Way of Greater Greensboro and the Future Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

Mark Mahaffey

Started Board: 2001

Mark Mahaffey is the chairman of the board at The Mahaffey Company, a Florida-based firm that specializes in affordable apartment housing. He serves as the chair of the board of trustees of The Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg and director at Sabal Trust Company. Mahaffey was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during Elon's 2016 Spring Convocation. He also served as the first chair of the Ever Elon Campaign, which brought in $107.3 million in five years to build Elon’s endowment. Mahaffey and his wife Marianne endowed the university with the Mark T. and Marianne Mahaffey Scholarship for International Study and Service, which supports students who wish to study abroad but are unable to for financial reasons.

Chris Martin '78

Started Board: 2013

Chris Martin is the president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board at Provident Financial Services and the Provident Bank. He also is president of The Provident Bank Foundation, which supports communities served by Provident Bank. He serves on the board of directors for the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and the New Jersey Bankers Association. Martin is a vice president of the Middlesex County 200 Club, which provides financial assistance to families of first responders and emergency personnel. He was bestowed Elon’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award in 2012. Martin is serving as campaign chair of Elon LEADS — a financial initiative that focuses on expanding scholarships and learning environments, broadening engaged learning and supporting mentor relationships — until April 2021.

Dalton McMichael Jr.

Started Board: 2010

Dalton McMichael Jr. is the founder and president of McMichael Mills, Inc., a covered elastic yarn manufacturing and distributing company. He is the son of textile executive and philanthropist Dalton McMichael Sr. and brother of fellow trustee Gail Drew. McMichael’s sister is Gail Lane who is a Life Trustee.McMichael is a member of the board of visitors for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Through the McMichael Family Foundation, he and his siblings have made significant contributions toward Elon University School of Law scholarships. McMichael has a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Marvin L. Morgan '71

Started Board: 2008

The Rev. Marvin Morgan is a certified intentional interim minister and church consultant, and has served as a UCC pastor for 50 years. His half-century-long pastoral career includes multiple senior UCC leadership positions, including service on the UCC executive council and as a moderator of the UCC’s 27th General Synod. In recent years, Morgan has served as intentional interim minister at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Decatur, Georgia; Brookmeade Congregational Church UCC in Nashville, Tennessee; and Fairfield Glade Community Church in Crossville, Tennessee. Most recently, Morgan served as interim pastor of the Sojourners UCC congregation in Charlottesville, Virginia. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Elon University, a master’s degree from Duke University Divinity School and a doctor of ministry degree from Drew University.

Edmond Moriarty

Started Board: 2015

Moriarty started as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Company and by the end of his time at Merrill, Moriarty had worked his way up to senior vice president and co-chief risk officer. After working at Merrill, Moriarty was also chief operating officer of investment management at Morgan Stanley. Moriarty currently holds the positions as chief financial officer and head of risk for Rockefeller Capital Management. Moriarity used to be vice chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Gill St. Bernard’s School. Currently, he serves as the chair on the Board of Trustees at Elon University. He is also a trustee for a non-profit organization, based in Morristown, New Jersey, called Homeless Solutions, Inc.

David Porter

Started Board: 2011

David Porter became the managing partner of Baystate Financial in 1996, one of the largest and oldest full service financial firms in Massachusetts. As of August 1996, Porter is the owner of the company as well. By 2015, the company grew from one office in Boston to 12 major offices spread throughout five states. Porter also wrote a book about accountability in the financial services industry called “Where Winners Live.” In 2013, his book debuted and sold over 45,000 copies. He established the Baystate Financial Charitable Foundation in 1999 with the intention of raising money to support local charities.

Anne Powell

Started Board: 2008

Anne Powell is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her father was Robert Ellington, who the Elon Health and Counseling Center is named after, and Anne’s mother Helen served Elon as the coordinator of special events for over two decades. Prior to her service as a trustee, Powell was an active member of the Elon Board of Visitors and served on the Ever Elon Campaign Leadership Committee and the Elon Society Executive Committee. Powell currently serves as a member on the board’s Campus Life committee, working closely with Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley to enhance the out-of-classroom experience for students at Elon.

Jeanne Robertson

Started Board: 2003

Jeanne Swanner Robertson is an American author, radio personality, member of the CPAE Speaker Hall Of Fame and an award-winning humorist. Robertson majored in physical education and graduated from Auburn University, but took a year off from studying at Auburn when she took on the title Miss North Carolina, which ultimately started her career as a speaker. She served as president of the National Speakers Association in 1985. In 2000, Robertson was recognized as Auburn University’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by the NCAA Southeastern Conference. In addition, she had the honor of speaking at the White House in 2008 for National Volunteer Week.

Rupe Sidhu

Started Board: 2020

Sidhu is a private equity investor with a degree in history from St. Stephen’s College, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Sidhu is an Elon parent, and he has a son who is a senior in the Business School at Elon. Sidhu has experience serving on corporate boards.

Eric Sklut

Started Board: 2015

Eric Sklut owns and operates Perfection Automotive Inc. Both Sklut and his wife, Lori, have played a role in the Jewish life program on-campus as well as the Jewish studies department at Elon by establishing the Lori and Eric Sklut Emerging Scholar Professorship and creating the Sklut Hillel Center on campus. Eric and Lori are also active participants on the Jewish Life Advisory Council at the university.

William Smith

Started Board: 1995

In 1988, William Smith graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a B.A. in economics. Smith now serves as the president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board at the Trust Company of the South. Apart from his positions with the Trust Company, he is a member of the board of trustees and the executive board of directors of the Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation.

Richard Thompson '64

Started Board: 1998

Richard Thompson ‘64 graduated from Elon University with a BA in Physical Education. Later, he went on to earn his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Thompson served as the Mississippi state superintendent of education, the vice president for the university-school programs at the University of North Carolina and the state superintendent of North Carolina public schools. His work has been honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at Elon University and Chowan University. He was also named to the Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Kebbler Williams '98

Started Board: 2008

Kebbler McGhee Williams ‘98 was the first African American woman appointed to the Board of Trustees. Williams is featured in the Elon University African -American Alumni Hall of Fame. In addition, Williams is a member of the Board of Trustees campus life committee, the executive committee and the alumni affairs committee. Her accomplishments also include previously serving on the university’s national alumni executive board, earning the Elon’s Distinguished Alumna of the year award and the Gail Fonville Parker Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. Three years later, she was also appointed into the Phi Kappa Honor Society. Now, Williams works as the director of K-12 for The Hunt Institute in Durham.

Cecil Worsley

Started Board: 2015

Cecil Worsley ‘86 was a member of Elon’s golf team and continues to play a prominent role in the university’s athletics program. In 2009, Worsley allocated funds towards the Golf Training Center, which was renamed the W. Cecil Worsley III Golf Training Center. Additionally, Worsley serves as a member of Elon’s president’s advisory council and the president of the athletics advisory council. Outside of his involvement with Elon University, Worsely owns Black Gold Holdings LLC, the Port of City Java Coffee Shop & Franchise and the Springer Eubank Company.

Deborah Yow-Bowden

Started Board: 2006

In 2004, Deborah Yow-Bowden ‘74 earned the title director of athletics at the University of Maryland, where she was also named the 17th most influential person in college athletics by the Sports Business Journal. Her other accomplishments include serving as the president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and being a member of the NCAA management council and the NCAA division budget committee. In 2007, Yow-Bowden was listed as one of “the 10 most powerful people in college sports” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. She also received the Elon Young Alumni of the Year Award in 1985, the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award in 2009 and she presented the 2003 Elon University commencement speech.

By:Elliot Rezek | Ben Muse | Catie Mannato | Becca Chase | Chloe Franklin | Mya Osborne | Grace Terry

Photos:Kenneth Brown Jr. by Abby Gibbs | Jeanne Robertson courtesy of Robertson | Robert Long Jr. courtesy of Triad Business Journal | Marvin L. Morgan courtesy of Center for Congregational Health | William South courtesy of Trust Company of the South | Edward Doherty courtesy of Doherty Enterprises | Allen Gant Jr. courtesy of Glen Raven | remaining photos courtesy of Elon University