At its annual meeting last October, the university's Board of Trustees approved an amendment to the university constitution that created two positions on the Board for members of the university staff. Following a primary the previous week, elections were held March 6. Dixon Myers (elected by exempt staff) and Nickie Peardon (elected by non-exempt staff) will join the Board of Trustees.
Dixon Myers is part of the staff of All Saints’ Chapel as coordinator of outreach ministries for the university. He has worked at Sewanee for 22 years. Of his three-year term as staff trustee, Myers said, “It is an honor to be elected to this position and represent the staff of the University of the South. This comes with a huge responsibility that I take very seriously.”
Nickie Peardon is customer service coordinator at Physical Plant Services. She has been with the university for four years, and will serve a two-year term as trustee. Peardon said, “It is an honor and a privilege to be elected staff trustee. I want to thank [other staff members] for entrusting me with this office.”
Trustee terms are generally for three years; these first two staff trustees will serve staggered terms so as not to rotate off the Board at the same time. (Myers secured the three-year term by winning a coin toss.)
“The addition of staff members broadens the base of university governance in an important way,” said Vice-Chancellor John McCardell. “Adding two staff voices to the Board will strengthen the university and enrich Board of Trustee deliberations.” The Board of Trustees gives the final approval to all university master plans and significant land transactions, as well as electing the vice-chancellor. As trustees, Myers and Peardon will not represent their individual departments, but will act in the best interests of the university.
University faculty and students already held trustee positions. Current faculty member trustees are Ruth Sanchez-Imizcoz, Rob MacSwain, and Chris McDonough. Current student trustees are Thomas Hall and Mary Elise Ottley.