Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors functions as an advisory arm of the Board of Trustees, serving as a source of information of potential institutional connections, providing support to advancement and identifying ways the university can be of service to the community.

The Board of Visitors also provides a support function to the university in the form of information, partnerships and financial support. Members of the board are appointed to serve on committees of the Board of Trustees:

  • Promotion and Development
  • Instruction and Student Life
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Invited to serve on committees of The Friends of Music or Visiting Writers Series


Julie Huffman ’82 - Chair
SVP, Hickory Brands
Hickory, NC

Bill Mayberry ’79 - Vice President
Partner, Wireless Industry Consultant
Marietta GA

Cat Niekro - Secretary
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Lenoir-Rhyne University


Eric Boston ’90
Teacher, West Caldwell High School
Lenoir, NC

Stuart Bridgers ’97
AVP Branch & Business Center Manager, PNC Bank
Hickory NC

Todd Burwell ’93
Manager, Engineering Mathematics, The Boeing Corp.
Huntsville AL

Stephanie Cooksey ’09
Chief development accountant, Tanger Corp.
Southern Pines, NC

Steven Corriveau ’10
Attorney, Martin and Jones
Raleigh, NC

Robin Davis
Concord, NC

Stephanie Delgado ’07
Director, Global Business Development PGA Tour
Jacksonville Beach, FL

Amy Floyd ’91
Heath Care Human Resources, Piedmont Medical Care
Roswell, GA

Samantha Howell ’90
VP of Human Resources, Hanes Companies Inc.
Conover NC

Joan Huffman ’75
Retired Teacher/Professor
Hickory NC

Anthony “Tony” Jackson ’69
Owner, GFB Publishing, LLC
Newton NC

Wilbur “Buster” Mann ’73
Retired, HSM Solutions
Hickory NC

Victoria “Vickie” Martin ’79
President, Martin Starnes & Associates CPAs
Hickory NC

Steven Richter ’86
Owner, Richter Management
Burke VA

Tony Underwood ’88
PIO, Union County Sheriff’s Office
Monroe, NC

Mark Walker ’93
Private Wealth Adviser, Ameriprise Financial Services
Matthews, NC

William “Trey” Wall III ’90
VP, Highland Capital Brokerage
Charlotte NC

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