New Regents and Trustees elected

Elections of new Regents by the University’s Board of Trustees took place on Thursday, Oct. 11, and Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Those elected by the Trustees to serve on the Board of Regents are Renia Rush Dotson, M.D., James D. (Jim) Folds, David B. Johnson, and the Rt. Rev. John McKee “Kee” Sloan.

Renia Dotson, C’88, is a colorectal surgeon at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Mississippi. Dotson received a doctor of medicine from the University of South Alabama in 1992, and a master of public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017. She has served Sewanee previously as a career service adviser, a member of the College Visiting Committee, Sewanee Fund Gift Chair, and Beyond the Gates volunteer.

Jim Folds, C’86, received an MBA from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1997. His early career was in banking, after which he spent 25 years consulting for the financial services industry. Folds is currently senior vice president for financial services at NTT Data Consulting, Inc., a global IT service provider. In recent years, Folds has served the University by participating in the Babson Center’s Smith Career Day; leading fundraising for a new men’s basketball locker room; and serving on the Board of Trustees as a representative of the Associated Alumni.

David B. Johnson of Nashville, Tennessee, is a private investor and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for Iroquois Capital Group. He is an alumnus of Auburn University and the parents of Ann Scott Johnson, C’20, and William Carell Johnson, C’18. He has served as a member of the Parents’ Council at Sewanee since 2015. He was formerly a board member for Covenant Surgical Partners, Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Center, and the Nashville Symphony.

The Rt. Rev. John McKee “Kee” Sloan was elected to the Board of Regents to fill the remainder of the term of the Rt. Rev. Robert Skirving, newly elected chancellor. The Rt. Rev. John McKee “Kee” Sloan has served as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Alabama since 2008. At the diocesan level, has formerly served on the Executive Committee in Mississippi, the Diocesan Council in Alabama, and on the Standing Committee in both Mississippi and Alabama. Sloan served in the national church for six years as a member of the Standing Committee for Liturgy and Music, on the Governance Structure Committee, and on the Program, Budget, and Finance Committee. Sloan received a BS in sociology from the University of Mississippi in 1976, and an M.Div. from the School of Theology at the University of the South in 1981. Sloan and his wife Tina are the parents of John McKee Sloan, Jr., C’11, and Mary Nell Sloan.

The Board of Trustees also elected nine new trustees from the Associated Alumni, the student body, and the faculty:

Associated Alumni Trustees

  • David Bale, C’87, president of the Associated Alumni
  • Cathy Carlisi, C’89
  • David Dye, C’90
  • George B. Elliott, Jr., C’81
  • Newell Smith Harbin, C’01
  • The Rev. Tom Purdy, T’05

Student Trustees

  • Malicat Chouyouti, C’20
  • Noah Stansbury, T’19

Faculty Trustee

  • Donna Murdock, professor of International and Global Studies, Anthropology, and Women’s and Gender Studies

In addition, the Board of Trustees re-elected Dr. Gerald L. Smith as Secretary to the Board. Smith has served Sewanee in this capacity since 1982. Jay Fisher was elected to serve as Deputy Secretary. Fisher is vice president for University Relations and Secretary to the University.

The Very Reverend Thomas E. Macfie, Jr. was nominated to serve another term as Chaplain by Vice-Chancellor John McCardell and confirmed by the Board of Trustees.

The Board also recognized Regents whose terms were ending. Kimberly Dupree Belk (Charlotte, N.C.) and Daniel Duncan Boeckman, C’82 (Dallas, Tex.), have completed their six-year terms as Regents.