Wofford College elects new members to governing board

Spartanburg Herald JournalAugust 28, 2013 

Wofford College

A former New Jersey mayor, a member of the S.C. Supreme Court and a nationally recognized preacher are among the newest members of the Wofford College Board of Trustees.

School officials announced the additions to Wofford's governing body on Wednesday, the same day new students moved onto campus for the fall semester.

The new trustees — Jordan M. Glatt of Summit, N.J., Costa M. Pleicones of Columbia, and William H. Willimon of Durham, N.C. — replace three trustees who rotated off the board, according to the school. They were M. Stewart Mungo, Marshall L. "Jack" Meadors Jr. and D. Grant Peacock. Four trustees, including Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, were re-elected to new terms on the board. They are William R. Cobb of Spartanburg, D. Chris Goodall of Columbia, Corry W. Oakes III of Spartanburg, and Richardson of Charlotte, N.C.

Glatt, Pleicones and Willimon were appointed to the board of the private college during the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Carolina in June.

Glatt, who has two degrees from Drew University in Madison, N.J., is described by the school as a business and civic leader in the metropolitan New York City area and former mayor of Summit, N.J. He also served as CEO and president of Magla Products of Morristown, N.J., and is chief marketing officer and a member of the board of directors of Free All Media LLC.

Glatt served two terms as Summit, N.J. mayor, starting in 2004, and was the first Democrat elected to that post in 100 years.

Pleicones, an Army veteran, is a native of Greenville and a graduate of Wofford and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He became an associate justice on the state Supreme Court in 2000 and was elected to a second 10-year term in 2006. He previously served as a Circuit Court judge, Richland County attorney and a military lawyer. Willimon, another native of Greenville, is also a graduate of Wofford College and also has degrees from Yale Divinity School and Emory University.

He currently teaches at the Divinity School at Duke University and previously served as bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church and dean of the chapel at Duke University. Willimon has served as pastor of churches in Georgia and South Carolina, has authored 60 books and has received honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and universities, including Wofford.

In 2010, Preaching magazine named him the 19th most influential preacher of the previous 25 years. Wofford College has 31 trustees, according to the school. They are elected to staggered four-year terms by the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and tenure is limited to 12 consecutive years.

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