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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.

Robert E. Touchton, Chair

Bob TouchtonWilmington College adjunct professor, teaching Business Law. Retired Administrative Law Judge in the Office of Hearings and Appeals for the Social Security Administration in Cincinnati, OH, having served from 1994-2004.  Previous professional experiences were in the fields of law and business.  Took leave of absence from Board to serve Wilmington College as Vice President for College Advancement August, 2007-February, 2009.  Community activities have included serving as a youth sports coach and various leadership roles (council president, elder, and chair of a capital campaign) in the Ascension Lutheran Church.  1965 Wilmington College graduate.  Active in alumni activities, serving as chair of the Alumni Fund (1992-95) and member of the Alumni Council (president in 2004-05). B.A. from Wilmington College, MBA degree from the University of Michigan and a J.D. degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.

Peggy J. Sturdivant, Vice 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.

Douglass W. McDonald, Treasurer

Douglass McDonald

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; 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 served as a board member of the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, 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).

William P. Shaw, Secretary

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.

Guy David Hawley, Assistant Secretary

David HawleyRetired Minister, Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, OH. Former Minister of the Wilmington Presbyterian Church, 1978-2003. Academic appointments have included teaching at United Theological Seminary, University of Dayton, and Chatfield College. Currently serves on several boards, including the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati and the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Foundation. B.A. degree from Defiance College, master’s degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Theology from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

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.

Robert E. Buerger

Robert BuergerRetired, former Law Clerk, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.  Former Group Vice President of The Dayton Power and Light Company (1989-1994) and held other positions with that company from 1969-1989.  Served previously on the boards of Wilmington College and Wright State University.  B.S. degree from the University of Cincinnati, a Masters of Humanities degree from Wright State University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law.  Awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wilmington College in 2005. B.S. in Agriculture from Wilmington College in 2017.



Wilmington College 1983 graduate. Earned a Certified Insurance Counselor designation as well as a certificate from the College of Financial Planning. Serves on several insurance companies advisory councils; Wilmington College PAC and has served as a Director for Ashland County Chamber of Commerce. A spirited entrepreneur Tim, and his team have grown their insurance agency and now do business in 43 states and employee nearly 50 people. Started several other companies/initiatives from scratch.


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.


IsaacsShannonWorks as the Director of Development at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  She has served for the past ten 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.  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. Kerns

Bill Kerns

CEO Accellient Partners LLC.  Twenty-five years of experience in Pharmaceutical Research and Development.  Senior executive positions held in Preclinical 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. Currently also CEO Synchroneuron Inc., “a movement disorders company helping patients regain control”.

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.

Pamela McCoy

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).



Jonathan is a Birthright Quaker and a lifelong resident of Clinton County. He is the Business Development Officer for Wilmington Savings Bank and has served the institution since 2016. 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 Member of the Jr. Fair Livestock Sales Committee of Clinton County 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.

William E. Peelle

William Peele

Peelle Law Offices Co., L.P.A., 1977-present. Clinton County, Ohio Prosecuting Attorney, 1993-2009.  Member, Clinton County, Ohio, and American Bar Associations, Ohio Association of Trial Lawyers, American Association for Justice, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association (Ohio Prosecuting Attorney of the Year – 1997), and Ohio Land Title Association.  Community organizations/memberships include Wilmington Noon Rotary, Wilmington Presbyterian Church (Elder), Hot Hoops Youth Volunteer (15-Year Service Award) and Domestic Violence Coalition.  B.S. in Business Administration, The Ohio State University (1972); Juris Doctorate Degree, Ohio Northern University (1975).


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.

John “JR” Reid

JR ReidBirthright member of Smith Neck Friends Meeting, located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Held numerous positions in the College and University segment of Sodexo Campus Services and predecessor companies. B.A. degree from Earlham College.

David Schlechty

David Schlechty

1963 graduate of Wilmington College; 1965, M.S. in agricultural economics from University of Arizona, and 1980 graduate of Industrial College of Armed Forces.  35 years of U.S. government service in the Departments of Agriculture, State, Commerce and the Office of the President.  Serving on American Delegations traveled to 68 countries and international organizations.  Received Wilmington College outstanding alumni award. Successor trustee to Roy Joe and Ruth Stuckey Trust of their Arizona properties held for the benefit of Wilmington College and Sidwell Friends School.

William D. Shoecraft

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.

Richard Sidwell

Richard SidwellBirthright 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.


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.



A Graduate of Westtown school and Wilmington College 1965, Nancy worked first in social services giving direct service, beginning in Clinton County, Ohio and later in Pennsylvania. In 1974 she became Director of Consultation and Education for Dauphin County, designing and giving seminars for the general public, training volunteers for county social service agencies, giving specialized training to employees of nonprofits, working to improve the effectiveness of nonprofit boards, and giving and monitoring grants to agencies providing new programming for at-risk children. She received an MA in History from Pennsylvania State University, an MA in clinical psychology from Loyola University of Maryland and a Pennsylvania state license for psychology. She began teaching human service courses at Harrisburg Area Community College in 1971, became chair of the department of human services in 1995 and began teaching history for the college in 2000. She has written several books, her most popular being Fundamentals of Case Management Practice which is currently in the 5th edition and sells globally. Other books address practice with high-risk populations and management of social service staff. In 2005 Nancy spent her sabbatical in northern Wales living in a sheep herding village studying Welsh history and British history and Welsh cooking. Part of her sabbatical was spent on the Orkney and Shetland Islands. She is Professor Emerita, Harrisburg Area Community College. She lives near Harrisburg Pennsylvania with her husband, a dog and 2 cats. In the summer the family moves to the Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania where they have restored an old log cabin.

Tyrone Taylor

Tyrone TaylorFounder and President, Capitol Advisors on Technology, LLC. Former Senior Executive Service member with NASA for 25 years. Member of National Research Council, former Director, National Defense Industrial Association, Small Business Division, served as Washington, DC Representative for Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, is senior fellow for the United Negro College Fund, and founder of the Entrepreneurial Technology and Innovation Institute.   Held numerous positions in private sector and non-profit community in the area of science and technology. 1975 Wilmington College graduate; MBA Southeastern University, 1979.

Timothy P. Trayer

Tim Trayer

Quaker.  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinarian, Agricultural Veterinary Associates (1995-present).  Other veterinarian practices from 1979 to 1995, with the original practice named after the starting partners, Hutchison and Trayer.  1975 B.S. graduate of Wilmington College; D.V.M. from Ohio State Veterinary College, 1979.

Joe Volk

Joe Volk

Quaker. Executive Secretary Emeritus of the Washington, D.C.-based Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) where he served for 21 years.  Prior to joining FCNL, he worked 18 years for the American Friends Service Committee and served as its National Secretary for Peace Education from 1982 to 1990.  A native of Blanchester, OH.  B.A. degree from Miami University (OH). Awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Wilmington College in 2011. Also serves on the board of the Kendal Corporation, a federation of Quaker Continuing Care Retirement Communities, on the Corporation Committees of Haverford College and of the American Friends Service Committee, and on the General Committee of the FCNL. In 2012, he and his wife Beth Volk closed their apartment, gave away most of their belongings, and began traveling the world.