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University Foundations

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation.  The standing committees of the Board are the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and the Investment Committee. The Educational Foundation exists to support the University of South Carolina in all of its educational, instructional, scientific, literary, research, service, charitable and outreach endeavors.


C. John Wentzell, Chair
Chris Verenes, Vice Chair
Rita B. Caughman, Secretary/Treasurer
F. A. (Andy) Lowrey, Chair Emeritus

Members of the Board

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C. John Wentzell, Chair

Co-Owner and CFO (retired), Budweiser of Columbia; Columbia, SC

J. Chris Verenes

J. Chris Verenes, Vice Chair

President, Security Federal Bank;Aiken, SC

Rita Caughman

Rita B. Caughman, Secretary/Treasurer

Attorney/Shareholder, Sojourner, Caughman & Thomas, LLC; Columbia, SC

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F. A. "Andy" Lowrey, Chair Emeritus

President and CEO (retired), AgFirst Farm Credit Bank; Columbia, SC

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Boyd B. Jones, Audit & Budget Committee Chair

Executive Vice President, NBSC (a division of Synovus Bank); Columbia, SC

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J. Allen Wright, Investment Committee Chair

Senior Vice President of Investments, PRIME Consultant, UBS Financial Services Inc.; Atlanta, GA

Patty Hunter Addison

Patty H. Addison

 Columbia, SC

James Barrow

James P. Barrow

Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss, LLC

Charles Calvert

Charles L. Calvert

Associate Professor of Hospitality, USC Beaufort; Bluffton, SC

Traci Young Cooper

Traci Young Cooper

Director, Office of Extended Day Programs, Richland County School District One; Blythewood, SC.

Thomas Deas

Thomas C. Deas, Jr.

Vice President & Treasurer, FMC Corporation; Philadelphia, PA

Sharon Eden

Sharon Inabinet Eden, MD

Orangeburg VA Clinic; Orangeburg, SC

R. Keith Elliott

R. Keith Elliott

Chairman of the Board (retired), Hercules Inc.; Palm Beach, FL

William Jones

William W. Jones

Attorney; Bluffton, SC

Carl Schaper

Carl James Schaper

Chairman, Infor Global Solutions Inc.; Alpharetta, GA

James Bennett

James Bennett

First Citizens Bank; Columbia, SC

Kenda M. Laughey

Kenda M. Laughey

CFO, Southminster; Charlotte, NC

John D. Osteen

John D. Osteen

President, USC Sumter Partnership

William Haigh Porter

William Haigh Porter

Attorney; Florence, SC


Ex-Officio Members of the Board

Russ Meekins

Russell H. Meekins

Executive Director, University Foundations; Columbia, SC

Eugene Warr

Eugene P. Warr, Jr.

Chairman, USC Board of Trustees; Lamar, SC

Jancy L. Houck

 Jancy L. Houck

Vice President, USC Development and Alumni Relations


Administrative Liaison to the Board

Joan T.A. Gabel

Joan T. A. Gabel

Provost, University of South Carolina