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, four-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, Student Life, Advancement, Finance and Administration, Enrollment, and oversight of endowment investments.

2021-2022

John F. Malbon, Chair
Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., President of the University (Ex officio)
Susan S. Goode, Vice Chair
Mavis E. McKenley '11, Secretary
J. Timothy Bailey '83, Treasurer
David L. Kaufman, Immediate Past Chair 


G. Robert Aston, Jr. H'20
Executive Chairman of the Board
TowneBank
Portsmouth, VA

J. Timothy Bailey '83
Division President
Canteen/Compass Group
Charlotte, North Carolina

Gary D. Bonnewell '79, H'16
First Vice President
Wealth Management
Norfolk, Virginia

Alisa W. Crider '10 (Ex officio)
Director of Investor Relations
Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Nancy T. DeFord, Ph.D.
Former Educator and Community Leader
Vice President DeFord Ltd.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

W. Taylor Franklin '04
Chief Operations Officer
The Franklin Johnston Group
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Susan S. Goode
Community Leader and Volunteer
Norfolk, Virginia

Sharon S. Goodwyn
Counsel,
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Norfolk, Virginia

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

David L. Kaufman H'19
Founder & Senior Managing Director
Envest
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

Seonyoung Kim (Ex officio)
District Superintendent, Elizabeth River, Eastern Shore and York Districts
United Methodist Church
Yorktown, 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

Robert W. McFarland
Partner
McGuireWoods
Norfolk, Virginia

Mavis E. McKenley '11
Vice President and Trust Officer
AMG National Trust Bank
Virginia Beach, VA

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

Matthew R. Nusbaum
Asset Manager, Partner
S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
Norfolk, VA

Eric C. Nyman '94
Chief Consumer Officer
Hasbro Global Consumer Organization
Providence, Rhode Island

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

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

Jonathan E. Pruden
Chief Executive Officer
Taste Unlimited, LLC
Norfolk, Virginia

Michael R. Rawls '91
Chief Executive Officer
Xome (a division of The Mr. Cooper Group)
Flower Mound, TX

Robin D. Ray
President
Atlantic Dominion Distributors
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

James H. Shumadine
Co-President
The Employment Guide
Norfolk, Virginia

Lee T. Stevenson '85
Chief Operating Officer
North America
Marsh LLC
New York, New York

Joseph R. Thomas
Retired, Regional Vice President
GEICO
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

George K. (Chip) Tsantes III '83
McLean, Virginia

Anthony Walters
President and CEO
YMCA of South Hampton Roads
Chesapeake, Virginia

Michael J. White '81
Head of Global Trade Digitization
A.P. Moller-Maersk
Jersey City, New Jersey

Douglas B. Wilson '86
Executive Vice President
LifeNet Health
Virginia Beach, VA

Trustees Emeriti

Jane P. Batten H'06
Former Chair, VWU Board of Trustees
Community Leader and Volunteer
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Susan Torma Beverly Ed.D. '72, H'21
Retired Principal
Community Leader and Volunteer

Virginia Beach, Virginia

George Y. Birdsong H'16
Former Chair, VWU Board of Trustees
CEO, Birdsong Corporation
Suffolk, Virginia

Joan P. Brock H'10
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

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

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

Ronald M. Kramer
Community Leader and Volunteer
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 S. Shelhorse '70
President
Chesapeake Bay Contractors, Inc.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

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

D. Henry Watts, D.B.A. H'07
Retired, Vice Chairman
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Virginia Beach, Virginia

As of 7/1/21