Our Board

Officers of the Board

Boyd B. Jones

Board Chair
Executive Vice President, Synovus; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Executive
Finance
Joint Foundations Investment

Rita B. Caughman

Board Vice Chair
Attorney, Sojourner, Caughman & Thomas, LLC; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Executive
Finance

Lindsey Fisher

Board Secretary
USC Foundations; Columbia, SC

Kim Elliott

Board Treasurer
USC Foundations; Columbia, SC

C. John Wentzell

Chair Emeritus
Columbia, SC

Committees:

Executive
Finance
Joint Foundations Investment

Directors of the Board

Patti H. Addison

Columbia, SC

Committees:

Finance

James (Jim) P. Barrow

Executive Director; Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss, LLC; Dallas, TX

Committees:

Joint Foundations Investment

James Bennett

First Citizens Bank; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Executive
Finance

William (Chip) Chase

USC Sumter Representative
Sumter, SC

Committees:

Finance

Traci Young Cooper

Director, Office of Extended Day Programs, Richland County School District One; Blythewood, SC

Committees:

Finance

Thomas (Tom) C. Deas, Jr.

Chairman, National Association of Corporate Treasures; Haverford, PA

Sharon I. Eden

Physician, Orangeburg VA Clinic; Orangeburg, SC

Committees:

Finance

Calvin H. Elam

CEO,EFinancial Advisors Columbia, SC

Committees:

Finance

R. Keith Elliott

West Palm Beach, FL

Committees:

Joint Foundations Investment

Frances Gardner

USC Regional Campus Faculty/ Staff Representative
Professor, USC Lancaster, Lancaster, SC

Committees:

Finance

S. Stanley (Stan) Juk, Jr.

Lexington Cardiology; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Finance

Sandra J. Kelly

USC Columbia Campus Faculty/ Staff Representative
Vice Provost and Dean of Underground Studies USC; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Finance

Kenda M. Laughey

Finance Committee Chair
CFO, Southminster Charlotte, NC

Committees:

Executive
Finance

Buddy McEntire

McEntire Produce; Columbia, SC;

Committees:

Finance

Leah B. Moody

USC Board of Trustees Representative
Attorney, Law Office of Leah B. Moody; Rock Hill, SC

Committees:

Finance

W. Haigh Porter

Attorney; Florence, SC

Committees:

Finance

Jeff P. Spears

USC Aiken Representative
Senior Vice President, First Community Bank; Augusta, GA

Committees:

Finance

Tony Tam

IMIC Hotels; Columbia, SC

Committees:

Finance

J. Allen Wright

Investment Committee Chair
Senior Vice President of Investments, PRIME Consultant, UBS Financial Services Inc.; Atlanta, GA

Committees:

Executive
Joint Foundations Investment

Ex Officio Directors of the Board

R. Jason Caskey

President and CEO, USC Foundations
Columbia, SC

John C. von Lehe, Jr.

Chairman, USC Board of Trustees
Charleston, SC

Will Elliott

Interim Chief Development Officer
USC Development and Alumni Relations; Columiba, SC

Administrative Liaison to the Board

Tayloe Harding

Interim Provost, University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Meet Allen Wright

Allen Wright received his MBA from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. He is an IMCA Certified Investment Management Analyst, a certification offered through the Wharton School, and is a Registered Investment Advisor. He joined the UBS firm in 1983 and continued to be in Barron’s list of Top 1,200 Advisors and was most recently listed with the UBS Institutional Consulting Group in Atlanta as #2 in Barron’s 2016 list of 30 top institutional consultants in the nation. 

"The state of South Carolina’s growth is dependent on the quality of education from its universities. By serving on the Educational Foundation of USC’s board, I can help to appreciate our assets, creating more scholarship opportunities which will bring in more quality students leading to more growth for the entire state. Corporate America has finally come to South Carolina."

J Allen Wright

Board Portal

If you are a member of the board and have questions or need assistance logging into your account, please contact one of our Foundations Board Effect administrators:

Lindsey Fisher
(803) 777-1826
LFisher@mailbox.sc.edu

Susan Smith
(803) 777-1547
SbSmith@mailbox.sc.edu