Board of Trustees

The governing body of Lenoir-Rhyne University, the board of trustees, is responsible for upholding the mission and vision of the university.


Madeline Dassow '75, Chair
Boyd Wilson '74, Vice Chair
Katherine Esch '70, Secretary
Janie Peak '73, Assistant Secretary
Jearld Leonhardt '69, Treasurer


Dr. Edward (Eddie) L. Beard, Jr. ’85
Hickory, NC
President and CEO, Catawba Valley Medical Center

The Rev. Mark Bernthal (LTSS ’86)
Vero Beach, FL
ELCA Pastor, Our Savior Lutheran Church

Perrell D. Bess, JD ’06
Charlotte, NC
Attorney, VP Compliance and Operational Risk Specialist

Dr. Steven (Steve) R. Carter ’74
Pinehurst, NC
Anesthesiologist (retired)

Dr. Ki-Hyun (Kenny) Chun ’74 ’00 HD
Charlotte, NC
COB/CEO/CPA, The Chun Group

The Rev. Dr. Rachel L. Connelly (LTSS ’90)
Walhalla, SC
ELCA Pastor, St. John’s Lutheran

Madeleine S. Dassow ’75
Greensboro, NC
Businesswoman/Former Teacher

Marvin S. (Eddie) Edwards, Jr.
Hickory, NC
President & CEO, CommScope, Inc.

Katherine B. (Kate) Esch ’70
Hickory, NC
Civic Leader

The Rev. G. Scott Homesley ’83
Abingdon VA
ELCA Pastor, St. John Lutheran Church

Margaret Jackson ’69
Newton, NC

Dewyone (Pedie) King ’96
Hickory, NC
King Suzuki of Hickory

Dr. Leslie Lambert
Roanoke, VA

Jearld L. Leonhardt ’69
Newton, NC
Retired EVP and CFO of CommScope, Inc.

Hansel (Hank) McCrorie ’60
Hickory, NC
McCrorie Family Vineyards, LLC

Joseph P. (Joe) McGuire
Asheville, NC
President, McGuire Wood and Bissette P.A.

Katherine F. McKenzie ’69
Wilmington, NC
Executive VP and Chief HR Officer, Citizens Financial Group (retired)

The Rev. J. Stephen Misenheimer ’76 LTSS ’82
Knoxville, TN
Retired Lutheran Pastor

George A. Moretz
Hickory, NC
COB, Carolina Mills, Inc.

Jade Cobb Murray ’03
Charlotte, NC
Chief Counsel, Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.

Isaiah (Ike) F. Oglesby ’91
Greensboro, NC
Broker/Owner, Oglesby Realty

Janie Parks Peak ’73
Gastonia, NC
Retired High School Teacher, LR Education Department

C. Cliff Ritchie ’76
Salisbury, NC
President and CEO of Cheerwine and Carolina Beverage

The Rev. Dr. Christy Lohr Sapp
Hickory, NC
St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Timothy M. (Tim) Smith
Salisbury, NC
Bishop, NC ELCA Synod

Sybil Baird Stewart ’58
Sherrills Ford, NC
Civic Leader/Retired Teacher and Businesswoman

Stephen M. (Steve) Thomas
Hickory, NC
Retired Attorney, Patrick, Harper and Dixon LLP

The Rev. Christopher D. Webb ’93 LTSS ’97
Hickory, NC
Senior Pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Dr. Fred K. Whitt
Hickory, NC
President, Lenoir-Rhyne University

Boyd Wilson, Jr. ’74
Hudson, NC
Executive VP, Broyhill Investments, Inc.

The Rev. Dr. D. Rhodes Woolly ’88
Salisbury, NC
Pastor, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Ex Officio Membership

Dr. Fred Whitt, Lenoir-Rhyne University President
The Rev. Dr. Timothy M. Smith Bishop, NC Synod, ELCA
The Rev. Dr. Lowell Almen ELCA Bishop, Chair of LTSS Advisory Council

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