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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees, as provided by the revised Articles of Incorporation, consists of a maximum of 33 people and a minimum of 13, of whom the majority must be members of the Religious Society of Friends. Members of the Board are appointed for four-year terms, with a limit of three successive terms. Each year faculty and student representatives meet with the Board on a regular basis.

All corporate power and authority is vested in and exercised by or under the direction of the Board of Trustees. The Board meets in plenary session three or four times a year. Interim meetings of the Executive Committee are held as needed, usually bi-monthly.

Officers of the Board are Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary. Standing committees include: Executive (the officers and committee chairs), Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, Financial Affairs, College Advancement, Student Affairs, Trusteeship and Buildings and Grounds. Ad hoc committees are set up from time to time and trustees are frequently asked to serve on task forces that consider particular problems or areas of College operations.

Peggy J. Sturdivant, Chair

Peggy Sturdivant

In 1982, began her professional career in the higher education field as the Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Wilmington College. In 1987, joined the Cincinnati ATP Championship (now the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati) as the Marketing and Ticket Manager. In 1991, started independent business consulting in the areas of marketing, budgeting and operations, with specialty being the use of technology solutions to enhance systems and increase efficiency. Consulted exclusively with the Oral Care R&D group at Procter & Gamble from 1997 – 2012, then retired at the end of 2012. B.A. from Wilmington College, and an MBA degree from Xavier University.

Richard Sidwell, Vice Chair

Richard Sidwell

Birthright member of Middleton Ohio Friends Meeting (Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends, Conservative).  Head of School, Olney Friends School (2003-2011); Business Manager, Olney Friends School (1999-2003); Self-employed co-owner of Sidwell Division, Raven Rocks Concrete, Beallsville OH (1975-1999). Co-Founder and Treasurer of Raven Rocks, Inc. a 1250 acre wilderness preserve and alternative energy demonstration center near Beallsville, OH (1970-Present).  Founding and current President of the Barnesville Area Rails to Trails Committee; Past President and member of the Barnesville Rotary Club. Other board service: Ohio Association of Independent Schools; Friends Council on Education; Barnesville Blue Ribbon Economic Development Committee; and current Executive Director of Captina Conservancy Land Trust. 1968 B.A. (History and Secondary Education) graduate of Wilmington College; While at Wilmington was a Work-Study participant (Randall Auto parts), Soccer player, residence Hall counselor, and scholarship recipient.


IsaacsShannonWorks as the Director of Development at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  She has served for the past eleven years on the board of Friends General Conference, a national Quaker religious organization and is a board member of the Greater Cincinnati Women’s City Club, Social Enterprise Alliance, and City of Cincinnati Taskforce on Gender Equality.  Shannon is a past board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Shannon was chosen as a 2016 YWCA Rising Star, an award for women with a track record of leadership and performance who have demonstrated potential. Shannon has spent time working in international development in Zimbabwe, India and Burundi.  She is a member of Community Friends Meeting, Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting in Cincinnati, OH.  She has an undergraduate degree with honors from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations.   Shannon is passionate about excellence in the nonprofit sector, and social justice.

William D. Shoecraft, Assistant Secretary

William Shoecraft

President/CEO and Founder of Did You Know Publishing, Inc. Other companies employed by: Franchisee Operator (PCR) Personal Computer Rental, Standard Register Company, Dayton Black Press, Dayton Daily News, Wyoming City Council. Some professional/volunteer experiences: Camp Kern Management Board, Recreation Commission, Streets and Roads Committee, New St. John Baptist Church Board of Trustee Chair, Public Safety Committee, Green Areas Committee, Youth Basketball Coach, Chair Robert Flowers Scholarship Committee, Chair NSJ Long Range Planning Committee, Dayton Public Schools Partners in Education Steering Committee, Whittier Community Education Council, Organizer Career Day, Co-Chair Whittier Green Leaf Award, Co-Founder of Resurrection Summer Basketball Camp, Co-Founder Food For Friends, Founder of LunchTime Mentoring Program. William D. Shoecraft received his B.A. Business Administration from Wilmington College 1979.

William E. Peelle, Treasurer

William Peele

Peelle Law Offices Co., L.P.A., 1977-present. Clinton County, Ohio Prosecuting Attorney, 1993-2009. B.S. in Business Administration, The Ohio State University (1972); Juris Doctorate Degree, Ohio Northern University (1975).

Sidney Mishkin, Life Trustee

Sid Mishkin

Wilmington College graduate and second Wilmington College Life Trustee. Retired partner in the Mishkin & Duvall law firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior professional affiliations include the Indiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Active member of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. Author of  “The Unvarnished Torah: Observations, Questions and Answers Of A Jewish Lawyer.” 2015 Inductee into the Hall of Excellence of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges.



Tim Buren began his professional career in 1983 after graduating from Wilmington College of Ohio with a BA in Business Administration. Joining his Father and one staff person in what was known then as Barnard Insurance from West Salem, Ohio. Tim began to understand firsthand the life as an independent agent. His entrepreneurial spirit fueled their agency to grow, and their vision centered on nurturing and developing the key relationships with customers, staff and carriers. Over time, he summoned his brother Jeff from the banking industry to partner in managing agency operations and changed the name to honor their Father, Don, to The Buren Insurance Group Inc. With continued growth, they added Tim’s two nephews to help enable the perpetuation of their vision that now employs nearly 40 staff over 5 locations supporting more than $6,000,000 in revenue. His focus now is working with agencies all over Ohio and the surrounding states to help them grow their revenue, build their agency and perpetuate their life’s work. Tim has also earned a Certified Insurance Counselor designation as well as a certificate from the College of Financial Planning. He currently serves as a Trustee at Wilmington College and has served on numerous insurance company advisory boards. Tim resides in Galena, Ohio, with his wife Sharon and they have 2 daughters, Brooklyn and Olivia.


Alan-FrankelEntrepreneur and senior business executive in the financial services Industry. Senior Vice President of Copelco Financial Services Group (NASDAQ: CFSG), President and Chief Operating Officer of Copelco Leasing Corporation; President and Chief Operating Officer of American Business Leasing; Founder and President of Lighthouse Capital Corporation. Graduate of Wilmington College (1965) and recipient of 2009 Alumni Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement. Member of the Wilmington College President’s Advisory Council. Community activities and recognition include RSVP Board of Directors (2015 President’s Award; 2015 Senior Corp of Pennsylvania Legacy Award); SCORE (2009 Volunteer of the Year); VEC (Volunteer Executive Consultants) – Lead Consultant; Classic Lyric Arts Board of Directors.



Founder and President since 1993 of H. Freeman Associates, LLC, a fundraising and organizational development consulting firm serving clients throughout North America; active Friend (Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting); former vice president for institutional advancement at Earlham College, director of major gifts at The University of Michigan, and executive director of Dwight Hall at Yale University. In addition he has served on over 25 non-profit boards in the course of his career and taught non-profit management at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. A graduate of Wofford College, Henry’s academic credentials include the Masters of Divinity degree from Yale and the Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Michigan where his dissertation on the impact of academic scholarships on college choice received national recognition at the 1984 annual meeting of the American Association of Higher Education and academic honors at the University. Henry is a frequent guest speaker and, most recently, the author of a new book titled Unlacing the Heart: Connecting with what really matters released in September, 2015.


ElizabethBirthright Quaker; resident of southeast Michigan; WC graduate (‘65): English, psychology, religion, secondary education; 2 masters’ degrees, Michigan State University: 2015 recipient, WC’s John Frazier Award for Distinguished Volunteer Services; PAC; active in multiple community organizations: Salvation Army, Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ), P.E.O. and my church; had weekly radio program 15.5 years; private tutor, 27 years; presenter of legacy-building sessions for women; financial supporter of scholarship programs locally, nationally and especially at WC; teaching career: secondary & college levels, as well as in a high-security juvenile prison; world traveler for missions and adventure travel; passion for volunteer service locally & worldwide; Girl Scout leader & trainer; motivational speaker; prison ministry of restoration and reconciliation for incarcerated parents and their children; 2 adult children who are married with families.

William D. Kerns

Bill Kerns

CEO Accellient Partners LLC. Thirty years of experience in Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Senior executive positions held in Development at SmithKlineFrench, SmithKlineBeecham and Eisai Pharma during pharmaceutical career. 1971 graduate of Wilmington College. Completed medical training in Veterinary Medicine and graduate work in Pharmacology and Pathology at The Ohio State University. In 1980, successfully completed examination by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Also CEO Ternus Pharma, “a company focused on novel anesthetics”.

G. Renee LaPine

Renee Lapine

President and CEO of Equipment Management Service and Repair, Inc. (EMSAR, Inc.) since 2005. Previously served as CFO from the company’s inception in 1993 until 2005. EMSAR is a nationwide franchise organization providing service and installation support to a variety of medical device manufacturers. B.A. degree from Wilmington College. Currently serving on the Clinton County Business Advisory Council for the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, and the Clinton County Port Authority Board.


Pam McCoy

Birthright Quaker. Over 35 years of experience in branding and the creative development and leadership of marketing and communications campaigns.  Past roles have included Product Development Officer to Executive Director of Marketing and Marketing Communications for employers in the financial, high-tech, higher education, and healthcare sectors.  Past employers include Battelle Memorial Institute (a $6.5 billion research and development firm), Foster School of Business (a 100 year old, highly ranked public business school at the University of Washington), Milliman Care Guidelines (a $100M evidence-based medical guidelines and software firm), Philips Medical System (an $8B international medical imaging systems manufacturer with 32,500 employees), Telecommunications Systems, Inc. (a $92M global wireless communications organization), several high-tech startups, and First Interstate Bank.  Graduate of Westtown Friends School (1971), Lake Forest College (BA in 1975) and Seattle University (MPA in 1978).

Douglass W. McDonald

Douglass McDonald

CEO, The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas; CEO (Retired), Cincinnati Museum Center & National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  Member of many professional associations and serves on the board of the U.S. Committee of the International Council of Museums as well as a board member & executive committee member of the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau; and has served on the boards of American Association of Museums, the American Association of Museums Ethics Committee on Cultural Property, and the Association for Midwest Museums.  He has also serves, the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, Leadership Cincinnati USA, Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education and Honorary Co-Chair of the 94th annual convention for American Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH), as well as CET Public Television Community Service Council.  Graduate of William Penn College; graduate studies in counseling, church history and theology from Christian Theological Seminary.  Member and recorded minister, Society of Friends (Quaker).



Jonathan is a Birthright Quaker and a lifelong resident of Clinton County. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio Dominican University where he majored in History and minor in Political Science. Many relatives of Jonathan’s have attended Wilmington College since its founding, from both the McKay side and his mother’s side, the Folands. Jonathan is also very active in Wilmington; he is a member of Wilmington City Council, Trustee of Wilmington Friends Meeting, Member of the Antique Power Club, ex officio member of the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission, Past-President of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and sits on many other boards in various capacities. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys working with his antique tractor collection and spending time outside.

Sandra W. Neville

Sandy NevilleQuaker.  Former Clerk, Wilmington Friends Meeting. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Former nursing faculty at Miami University, Ohio. B.S.N., Capital University; M.S., Wright State University. Post Master’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Cincinnati.


J-PetersonQuaker and member of Wilmington Friends Meeting, currently serving on the Stewardship and Finance Committee. Has previously served on the Peace and Social Concerns Committee when a member of Chester Friends Meeting. Deputy Director, Clinton County Board of Elections, 2014-present. Other positions previously held include: Staff Accountant, Clinton County Auditor; Farm Administrator/Business Administrator, The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections; farming with parents on the family farm; and Farm Manager, Opekaskit Farm Management Company. 1971 graduate of Wilmington High School; B.A. in Animal Science/Nutrition, The Ohio State University (1975); M.S. in Agricultural Finance, The Ohio State University (1979).

Mary Ann Raizk

Maryann RaizkBirthright Quaker.  Currently a trustee of Wilmington Friends Meeting and has served on various committees of the Meeting and Wilmington Yearly Meeting. Taught in Blanchester Local Schools 1972-2007.  Retired in 2007, and now serves as a substitute teacher in local schools.  B.A. in Education from Capital University; M.A. from Wright State University.

William P. Shaw

Bill Shaw

Founder and President of Crosscurrents International Institute, a non-profit organization based in Ohio and serving a national and international constituency.  Emeritus Chair of the Board, Dayton International Peace Museum. Formerly associated with the Charles F. Kettering Foundation.  Served on Olney Friends School Board of Directors.  Major interests related to global issues and agriculture.  Lives on family farm.  BS and MA degrees in ecology from Bowling Green University, Ph.D. from Miami University (Ohio) in higher education administration.


TerrellSimmonsSusanBorn in Clinton County to a Quaker farming family, and participated in several Wilmington College Summer Theatre productions.  Taught 4 years at Wilmington High School, followed by 35 years of providing market research services for Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical, financial, and packaged goods sectors.  Roles have included managing regional, national and international client service and marketing teams, and international/ global account management. Past employers include The NPD Group, Ipsos, and Nielsen NeuroFocus.  Prior to retiring, worked for the Center for Creative Leadership managing their Executive Coaching team.  Past President of Marietta College Theatre Advisory Board.  Graduate of Westtown School and Marietta College (BA); attended Bowling Green State University (MBA) and Columbia (Executive MBA).  Currently attend First Friends Meeting in Greensboro, NC.



Birthright Quaker. Graduate of Westtown, Wilmington College, Pennsylvania State University and Loyola University of Maryland. A licensed clinical psychologist and professor emeritus Harrisburg Area Community College. Directed and developed curriculum for community education and training programs for numerous county agencies. Chaired the Human Services Program at the community college, taught courses in history and human services there for over 40 years. Taught college courses at the Camp Hill State Prison. Author of several textbooks on case management, most popular – Fundamentals of Case Management Practice 5Ed. Past president and currently secretary of the Michaux Forest Association of cabin owners and conservationists on the Michaux Forest with a red oak planted in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in honor of extensive work on behalf of the Association.


Tyrone TaylorFounder and President, Capitol Advisors on Technology, LLC a technology and management consulting firm.   He is a former Senior Executive Service member with NASA for 25 years, having worked on programs such as Space Station, Space Science, and commercialization of space. He has participated as a   Member of National Research Council conducting extensive reviews of innovation programs sponsored by the federal government. He served as Chair, National Defense Industrial Association, Small Business Division, and is currently a member of the Health Affairs Executive Committee.  He has been recognized by Congress and the Federal Research and Development community for his contributions as the Washington, DC Representative for Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, a Congressionally chartered organization responsible for enhancing technology transfer nationwide of federal science and technology investments in the public and private sector. He is also a former senior fellow for the United Negro College Fund, and founder of the Entrepreneurial Technology and Innovation Institute whose mission is to “Inspire the Entrepreneurial Spirit in us all.”   Mr. Taylor has held numerous positions in private sector and non-profit community in the areas or program and project management, entrepreneurship, science and technology.  1975 Wilmington College graduate; MBA Southeastern University, 1979.