Von Lehe elected UofSC board chairman

Charleston attorney John von Lehe was elected the new chairman of the University of South Carolina’s Board of Trustees on Friday (Aug. 19). He replaces outgoing chairman Eugene P. Warr Jr., who served as chairman since 2012.

Von Lehe, a partner in the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough law firm, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from USC in 1968 and later his earned his law degree at Carolina. A member of the board since 1998, he has served on its executive committee and ad hoc committee on strategic planning.

Von Lehe has held many positions of professional, community and state service including president of S.C. Bar Foundation, chair of the Tax Section of the S.C. Bar, chair of the State Museum Commission, president of the Charleston Museum and treasurer of numerous organizations. He was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by former Gov. Mark Sanford in 2006. 

Hubert F. "Hugh" Mobley was appointed vice chairman of the board.

Trustees are responsible for providing governance and oversight of university operations, policies and long-range planning. Most of its 21 members are elected by the state’s General Assembly and each of the state’s 16 judicial districts are represented.

Also on Friday, the board also elected its executive committee and members were appointed to standing committees. Those include:

Executive Committee

John von Lehe, chair, William W. Jones, Toney J. Lister, Hubert F. "Hugh" Mobley, and C. Edward Floyd and Eugene P. Warr Jr. 

Academic Affairs and Faculty Liaison Committee

Leah B. Moody, chair, Mark W. Buyck Jr., Thomas C. Cofield, A.C. Fennell III, William C. Hubbard, Tommy D. Preston Jr., C. Dorn Smith III and Thad Westbrook.

Audit and Compliance Committee

C. Dorn Smith III, chair, Chuck Allen, J. Egerton Burroughs, Thomas C. Cofield, William W. Jones, Tommy D. Preston Jr., Hubert F. Mobley, C. Dorn Smith, Mack I. Whittle Jr. and Charles H. Williams.

Building and Grounds Committee

William C. Hubbard, chair, Chuck Allen, Mark W. Buyck Jr., C. Edward Floyd, Toney J. Lister, Miles Loadholt, Leah B. Moody and Thad Westbrook.

Health Affairs Committee

Miles Loadholt, chair, A.C. Fennell III, William C. Hubbard, C. Dorn Smith, Eugene P. Warr Jr., Thad Westbrook, Mack I. Whittle Jr. and Charles H. Williams.

Intercollegiate Athletics Committee

Mack I. Whittle Jr., chair, Chuck Allen, J. Egerton Burroughs, Mark W. Buyck Jr., William W. Jones, Toney J. Lister, Miles Loadholt and Charles H. Williams.

Student-Trustee Liaison Committee

A.C. Fennell III, chair, J. Egerton Burroughs, Thomas C. Cofield, C. Edward Floyd, Leah B. Moody, Tommy D. Preston Jr., Molly M. Spearman, Eugene P. Warr Jr.

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