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.

2023-2024

Jonathan E. PrudenChair
Scott D. Miller, Ph.D.President of the University (Ex officio)
Nancy T. DeFord, Ph.D.Vice Chair
Mavis E. McKenley '11, Secretary
J. Timothy Bailey '83Treasurer
John F. Malbon H'22Immediate Past Chair

 


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

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

Gary D. Bonnewell '79, H'16
Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Norfolk, Virginia

Nancy T. DeFord, Ph.D.
Vice President
DeFord, Ltd.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

Graham E. Garrenton                     
President
Chesapeake Bay Contractors, Inc
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Susan S. Goode H'22
Community Leader
Norfolk, Virginia

Sharon S. Goodwyn
Counsel
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Chesapeake, Virginia

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

Sue Haupert-Johnson (Ex officio)
Presiding Bishop, Richmond Area
United Methodist Church
Glen Allen, Virginia

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

Howard P. Kern
President & Chief Executive Officer Emeritus
Sentara Health
Virginia Beach, Virginia

John F. Malbon H'22
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
PAPCO, Inc.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

Robert W. McFarland
Partner
McGuireWoods LLP
Norfolk, Virginia

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

Angela M. Mercer, M.D.
Retired Physician
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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, Virginia

Eric C. Nyman '94
Providence, Rhode Island

Tassos J. Paphites '79
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

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

Joseph P. Ruddy ‘83
Chief Operations Officer
Virginia International Terminals
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Jaclyn Ruelle '04
VP Head of Brand
Papa Johns
Atlanta, Georgia

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

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

Lee T. Stevenson '85
President
LineSlip Solutions, Inc.
Onancock, Virginia

Thomas W. Taylor, '00, Ed.D.  (Ex officio)
Superintendent of Stafford County Public Schools
Stafford, Virginia

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

Kenneth G. Trinder II
President and Chief Executive Officer
EOS Surfaces, LLC
Norfolk, Virginia

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

Anthony Walters
President and Chief Executive Officer
YMCA of South Hampton Roads
Chesapeake, Virginia

Michael J. White '81
Retired Chief Executive Officer and Head of TradeLens
GTD Solution Inc.
Scotch Plains, New Jersey

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


Trustees Emeriti

Jane P. Batten H'06
Community Leader
Virginia Beach, Virginia

George Y. Birdsong H'16
Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel
Birdsong Corporation
Suffolk, Virginia

Joan P. Brock H'10
Former Secretary-Treasurer
Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

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

O. L. (Butch) Everett
Retired Partner
JF Petroleum Group
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

Ronald M. Kramer
Community Leader
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Lemuel E. Lewis
Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Landmark Communications
Suffolk, Virginia

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

Elizabeth F. Middleton '91
Retired Corporate Secretary
E.G. Middleton, Inc.
Community Leader
Norfolk, Virginia

Emily S. Miles
Community Leader
Norfolk, Virginia

Jerry Miller
Chief Executive Officer
The Miller Group
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Alan H. Shaw
President and CEO
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Atlanta, Georgia

William S. Shelhorse '70
Co-Founder and President
Chesapeake Bay Contractors, Inc.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

William H. Thumel, Jr.
President
Abacus Machine Shop & Racing
Virginia Beach, Virginia

John A. Trinder
President and Chief Operating Officer
MaxMedia, Inc.
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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


As of 1/1/24