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About VWU

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Virginia Wesleyan University, Coastal Virginia's premier university of the liberal arts and sciences. It supports the University's mission, is responsible for securing adequate financial resources for the operation of the University, and establishes long-range goals and institutional policies.

Trustees include leaders from business and industry, education, and the United Methodist Church, as well as the President of the University, who serves as an ex officio trustee. The full Board, which may consist of up to 40 elected trustees, meets three times per year and members serve staggered, three-year terms. Trustee Emeritus/Emerita status may be conferred upon members who rotate off the Board.

The majority of the Board's work is accomplished through committees that relate to the five functional areas of the University: Academic Affairs, Students Life, Advancement, Finance and Administration, Enrollment, and oversight of endowment investments.

2017-2018

David L. Kaufman, Chair
Scott D. Miller, Ph.D. (Ex officio), President of the University
Jonathan E. Pruden, Vice Chair
Cynthia G. Rodriguez '14, Secretary
Anne B. Shumadine, Treasurer
D. Henry Watts, Parliamentarian
Gary D. Bonnewell '79, Immediate Past Chair


Susan Torma Beverly '72
Retired Principal
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Gary D. Bonnewell '79
Certified Financial Planner
Norfolk, Virginia

Nancy T. DeFord, Ph.D.
Vice President, DeFord, Ltd.
Retired, Superintendent
Park City (Utah) School District

Virginia Beach, Virginia

O. L. (Butch) Everett
Director
Jones & Frank Corporation
Norfolk, Virginia

Dale R. Foley
CEO
Foley Material Handling
Ashland, Virginia

William H. George
President/CEO
YMCA of South Hampton Roads
Chesapeake, Virginia

Susan S. Goode
Community Leader and Volunteer
Norfolk, Virginia

William W. Granger III
Managing Partner
Granger Investment Properties, LLC
Norfolk, Virginia

Mary C. Haddad
President
Louis & Mary Haddad Foundation
Suffolk, Virginia

Alexander B. Joyner (Ex officio)
Superintendent, Eastern Shore District
United Methodist Church
Parksley, Virginia

David L. Kaufman
Founder & Senior Managing Director
Envest
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Howard P. Kern
President & CEO
Sentara Healthcare
Norfolk, Virginia

Ronald M. Kramer
Community Leader and Volunteer
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Sharma D. Lewis (Ex officio)
Presiding Bishop, Richmond Area
United Methodist Church
Glen Allen, Virginia

John F. Malbon
Chairman and CEO
PAPCO, Inc.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Vincent J. Mastracco, Jr.
Partner
Kaufman and Canoles, P. C.
Norfolk, Virginia

Mavis N. McKenley '11 (Ex officio)
Vice President and Trust Officer 
AMG National Trust Bank
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Scott D. Miller, Ph.D. (Ex officio)
President
Virginia Wesleyan University
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Tassos J. Paphites '79
Chairman & CEO
BurgerBusters Inc.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Deborah M. Paxson '75
Judge, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
City of Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Jonathan E. Pruden
Owner/President
Taste Unlimited, LLC
Norfolk, Virginia

Robin D. Ray
President
Atlantic Dominion Distributors
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Cynthia G. Rodriguez '14
Treasurer
Bay Mechanical, Inc.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Louis F. Ryan
Retired, Executive Vice President
and General Counsel
Landmark Communications
Norfolk, Virginia

Alan H. Shaw
Executive Vice President
and Chief Marketing Officer
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Norfolk, Virginia

William S. Shelhorse '70
President
Chesapeake Bay Contractors, Inc.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Anne B. Shumadine
Chairman
Signature Financial Management
Norfolk, Virginia

M. Wayne Snead (Ex officio)
Superintendent, Elizabeth River District
United Methodist Church
Norfolk, Virginia

Lee T. Stevenson '85
Managing Director
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Chicago, Illinois

Linda Thomas-Glover, Ph.D.
President
Eastern Shore Community College
Melfa, Virginia

Kenneth G. Trinder II
CEO & President
EOS Systems
Norfolk, Virginia

George K. (Chip) Tsantes III '83
Principal, Financial Services
Office/Information Security
Ernst & Young LLP
McLean, Virginia

D. Henry Watts
Retired, Vice Chairman
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Michael J. White '81
President
Maersk Line North America

Florham Park, New Jersey

Trustees Emeriti

Jane P. Batten
Former Chair, VWU Board of Trustees
Community Leader and Volunteer
Virginia Beach, Virginia

George Y. Birdsong
Former Chair, VWU Board of Trustees
CEO, Birdsong Corporation
Suffolk, Virginia

S. Frank Blocker, Jr.
President, EAD
Norfolk, Virginia

Robert Friend Boyd
Partner, Boyd & Boyd, P.C.
Norfolk, Virginia

Joan P. Brock
Former Chair, VWU Board of Trustees
Former Secretary-Treasurer, Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Thomas C. Broyles
Partner
Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Robert W. Collenberg II '90
President
The Shutter Door Design & Build, LLC
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Robert H. DeFord, Jr.
President
DeFord, Ltd.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

William J. Fanney
Retired Director and Chairman Emeritus
Life Savings Bank
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Lemuel E. Lewis
Retired Executive Vice President and CFO
Landmark Communications
Norfolk, Virginia

John E. Lingo, Jr.
Vice President
Jack Lingo Realty
Lewes, Delaware

Elizabeth F. Middleton '91
Corporate Secretary, E.G. Middleton, Inc.
Community Leader and Volunteer
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Emily S. Miles
Community Leader and Volunteer
Norfolk, Virginia

William H. Thumel, Jr.
President
Abacus of Hampton Roads
Virginia Beach, Virginia

John A. Trinder
President and COO
MaxMedia, Inc.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Benjamin J. Willis, Jr. 
President
Willis Wayside, Inc.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

As of 7/1/17