William W. "Bill" Lesesne
Bill serves as president of the EC Foundation. Growing up in Due West (while his father was an Erskine professor and later president) was the beginning of Bill's life-long relationship with the greater Erskine community. He graduated from Erskine in 1961, did graduate work at the University of South Carolina and later earned a masters degree from Clemson University. After teaching and coaching at Edmunds High School in Sumter, SC, Bill returned to Erskine as an administrator. For 28 years, he served in numerous roles in the areas of admissions, student services, and athletics, cumulating with 13 years of service as Vice President of Student Services and Athletics. Bill and his wife Emily have been married for over 47 years and have three children and five grandchildren. Two of the three children (Billy and Holly) graduated from Erskine, and two (Billy and David) have served Erskine in athletics and admissions. Bill and Emily are members of Due West ARP Church where Bill has served as deacon, elder, Sabbath School teacher, and member of various committees including Presbytery Minister and His Works. Since his retirement, Bill has been active with hobbies such as raising Boykin Spaniels, hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening, and working on his 170 year old home in Due West. In his community, he has served on various boards such as Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, United Way, Abbeville Area Medical Center, Covenant Way Retirement Center, United Christian Ministries of Abbeville County, and the Dixie High School Foundation. In the area of civic affairs, he has served as president of Rotary Club, Lions Club, and as the institutional representative and committee chairman for the Boy Scouts of America.
Lee W. Logan
Lee serves as Treasurer of the EC Foundation. A native of Spartanburg, Lee graduated from Erskine with a bachelor of science degree in 1967, from University of Georgia with a masters of education in 1969, and received an honorary doctorate from Erskine in 2009. After working at John de la Howe School in McCormick as Business Manager, then Director of Social Work, Lee returned to Erskine for 33 years of service. His Erskine career included Director of Alumni Affairs, Vice President for Development, Vice President for Administration, Director of Capital Campaigns, and Senior Philanthropic Advisor. Lee is also a partner in two local businesses for construction and real estate development. Lee and his wife, Eleanor (1967 Erskine graduate) have three children (who all graduated from Erskine) and three grandchildren. Lee and Eleanor are members of Due West ARP Church where he has served as deacon, elder, Sabbath School teacher, and member of various committees. Lee has also served as moderator of the Second Presbytery. In community service and civic areas, Lee is currently the president of West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative and has served as member and secretary of the Chester Telephone Company (TruVista) Board of Directors. Lee is currently secretary of the Bonclarken Board of Directors, secretary of the Dixie High School Foundation, a director of the Bell Enrichment Fund, and a director of the Stephenson Trust. He has also served on the board of directors for Covenant Way and the Donalds-Due West Water and Sewer Authority.
John R. Hunt
John serves as the Secretary of the Foundation. A native of Anderson, SC, John graduated from Erskine in the class of 1965. He subsequently went to Emory University Medical School and received his MD degree in 1969. He recently retired after 35 years in the practice of Surgery in Anderson. For many years, he hosted premedical “January Interim” Erskine students in his practice in order to give these students a realistic exposure to the practice of Medicine. John served on the Board of Trustees of Erskine and has been active in the South Carolina Medical Association. For the last 25 years, he has served on the Board of Trustees of AnMed Health and has twice served as its Chair. He also serves on the Board of the Greenwood Genetics Center. He and his wife, Betty, are active members of the Young Memorial ARP Church in Anderson. He has served several terms as a Deacon and as an Elder. John has the distinction of receiving the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award both when he graduated from Erskine and again in 2003, when he received the Alumni version of this same award. He is very proud of this honor. He is also very grateful for the work of the EC Foundation and its support of Erskine College.
Betty Bigham Hunt
Betty is a 1965 graduate of Erskine College, graduating with a BA in Music Education. She sang in the Choraleers and studied voice with Tom Owen. Betty has taught public school music and has sung in community choruses and church choirs in a number of communities around the southeast. She and her husband John R. Hunt (1965 Erskine graduate) are members of Young Memorial ARP Church in Anderson, SC. They have two married children and six grandboys. Betty, who started and directed the Youth and Children's Choirs for 30 years at YMARP, continues to direct the Adult Choir. She served a term as President of the Erskine Alumni Association in the mid 90s and has served on the Board of Counselors. In the ARP Church Betty has served on the Worship Committee, the Committee on Theological and Social Concerns, and the Bonclarken Board of Trustees. She presently teaches an adult Sunday School class, the Flora Halliday Circle, and has served on the Christian Education Committee of Young Memorial and of Second Presbytery. Betty was on the founding Board of the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Anderson and has served as chairman of the Alzheimer's Memory Walk Committee and continues to support that cause.
Robert S. Galloway, III
Robert, of Greenville, South Carolina, is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Erskine and is the product of a long line of supporters of Erskine and the ARP Church, from which his love and support for Erskine springs. Robert’s dad, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather grew up or lived to maturity in Due West. His great-great grandfather was a founder of the Due West Women’s College. His great grandfather was a founder of Bonclarken. His grandfather served as varsity coach at one time or another for all Erskine athletics teams. His great grandfather and grandfather owned and operated the Associate Reformed Presbyterian (printing) Company. His aunt, the Honorable Jean Galloway Bissell, served on the Board of Trustees of Erskine for many years. Both his great grandfather and his maternal grandfather served as Moderators of the ARP General Synod. Robert is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He practices public finance law with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., where he is group leader of that firm’s well-established public finance practice. He represents numerous colleges and universities, as well as many other state and local governments and agencies, in their financing endeavors. He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and is a past president of the Government Law section of the South Carolina Bar. In addition to spending as much time as possible with his two college-age children, Robert’s principal hobbies are spending time in the mountains in Flat Rock, and enjoying folk and old-time country music. Robert is proud to be associated with the EC Foundation and is grateful for its support of Erskine.
Robert B. Cunningham
A distinguished alumnus of Erskine, Bob was involved while a student in the piano ensemble, choraleers, tennis, and in particular, assisted Arrow editor Milli Andrews, who became his wife of 50+ years. He subsequently studied at Indiana University and was granted a PhD in Political Science. His teaching career includes three years with the Presbyterian Church in Syria, five years in Canada, and 39 years at the University of Tennessee. Bob’s research on organization behavior, management, and leadership has resulted in four books and more than 30 peer reviewed journal articles. He has consulted with public and non-profit organizations, served on various boards, and received teaching and service awards. In 1992 he was a Fulbright Teacher/Scholar. His extraordinary contributions to public service were acknowledged with the Faculty Public Service Award presented to him by the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences in 2003. Daughters Nina (physical therapist) and Ann (Wake Forest Associate Professor) graduated from Erskine in 1983. Bob has served as deacon and elder in the Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, has been active in World Missions, and has served on the Erskine alumni board.
Joab M. (Joe) Lesesne
Joe Lesesne graduated from Erskine College in 1959 and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He currently teaches history and is Director of Football Operations at Wofford College and serves on the board of the Watson Brown Foundation, Upstate Forever, and the SC Independent Colleges and Universities. Joe has served on the Erskine Board of Trustees. Joe served as president of Wofford College for 28 years—from 1972 until 2000 and is a respected leader in state and national higher education circles. In addition toimportant leadership in the South Carolina Tuition Grants Commission, he has served on the South Carolina's Commission on Higher Education, the South Carolina Research Authority, and as a member of the United Methodist University Senate. He was the chairman of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Education. Joe has served as chairman of the boards of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Spartanburg County Foundation, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. He was also a brigadier general and brigade commander of the South Carolina Army National Guard, now holding the rank of major general, retired. Joe and his wife, Ruth (who is also an Erskine graduate) are active members of the Central United Methodist Church. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.
James “Jim” Wylie Gettys
Jim’s great-great grandfather was a founder and the first President of Erskine and both of his parents graduated from Erskine in the Class of ’36. A native of Rock Hill, SC, Jim (Class of ’62) was a member of the fourth generation of his family to graduate from Erskine. In 1962 he married Sandra Lockaby, an Erskine classmate, and they have two children who earned Erskine degrees: James III, employed in the Information Technology department at Lexington Medical Center, and Kathy, an attorney and administrator at the Department of Social Services in Columbia. Jim holds M. A. and Ph. D. degrees from the University of South Carolina. He bergan his career at Erskine in 1965 as instructor of history. He also served Erskine as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid for two years, and from 1988 to 1999 he served as Vice President and Dean of the College. In 1999 he was named the first McDonald-Boswell Professor of History. He retired from the Erskine faculty in 2006. Jim and Sandra have been members of the Due West ARP Church since 1965, where Jim has served as deacon, Sunday school teacher and elder. He was Vice Moderator of Synod in 1982, and has served on the Bonclarken Board and on committees of Second Presbytery. In 1982 he and Dr. Lowry Ware co-authored The Second Century: A History of the Associate Reformed Presbyterians 1882-1982. He is currently a member of Lions and Rotary and serves on the Greenwood-Abbeville United Way Board. Since 2006 Jim has served pro bono as the Municipal Judge of Due West.
Steve S. Southwell
Steve is a 1980 graduate of Erskine College, graduating with a BS in Business and Economics. While at Erskine, Steve played on the Baseball team and was a member of the Chi Lambda Sigma literary society. At Erskine, he has served as President of the Alumni Association, President of the Flying Fleet Club, Chairman of the Erskine Athletic Committee and as a member of the EB Kennedy Scholarship Interview Committee. Steve has also served on three Presidential Search Committees. After graduating from Erskine, Steve went to work for Wachovia Bank in Charlotte, NC. He is currently a Senior Vice President with Arthur State Bank in Rock Hill, SC. Steve and his wife Jane have been married for over 33 years and have two children. He is a member of the Rock Hill Rotary Club where he serves as chairman of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), that selects students every year to attend RYLA camp at Erskine. Steve is past president of the Rock Hill Sertoma Club and served on the Rock Hill High School Improvement Council for 10 years. Steve and Jane are members of Neely’s Creek ARP Church in Rock Hill where Steve has served as Deacon, Elder, Congregational Chairman, Synod Representative, Sunday School Superintendent and Trustee. Steve expresses his sincere gratitude to the EC Foundation Board and pledges his support to accomplish the Foundation's Mission and Vision.