Board of Trustees

Mercer University is governed by a 45-member Board of Trustees, which has responsibility for overall policy-making for the University. The Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the Corporation of Mercer University clearly define the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible for establishing broad institutional goals and for securing the resources to support the University’s programs. The Board of Trustees fulfills its responsibilities through eight standing committees – Audit; Development; Educational Policy; Executive; Finance, Investment and Property; University Athletics; University Marketing Committee; and University Honors – and through established procedures to ensure that it is adequately informed about the programs and general condition of the University.

The Board of Trustees has adopted a Conflict of Interest Policy for Trustees, Officers, and Key Employees that is intended to serve as guidance for all persons employed by the University in positions of significant responsibility.

Questions concerning the Board of Trustees should be directed to the Office of General Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation.

Board of Trustees 2019

  • Cathy Callaway Adams, Board Chair, TIFT ’81
  • Curtis G. Anderson
  • William H. Anderson II, CLA ’59
  • Barbara Baugh
  • G. Holmes Bell IV, EGR ’01
  • Thomas P. Bishop, CLA ’82, LAW ’85
  • Carolyn McAfee Bruner, HON ’99
  • Malcolm S. Burgess Jr.
  • G. Marshall Butler Sr.
  • Charlie Cantrell
  • Ashley Amos Copelan, CLA ’91, EDU ’96
  • Milton L. Cruz, CLA ’82
  • Patricia Bridges Dash, NUR ’68
  • Dwight J. Davis, LAW ’82
  • The Hon. Sara L. Doyle, LAW ’94
  • James C. Elder Jr., CLA ’77
  • Nancy Grace, CLA ’81, LAW ’84
  • Benjamin W. Griffith III, CLA ’77
  • William Andrew Haggard, LAW ’67
  • Robert F. Hatcher
  • James N. Hollingsworth Jr., CLA ’84, DIV ’08
  • David E. Hudson, CLA ’68
  • Genelle Jennings
  • Dr. Shaun King, DIV ’18
  • J. Curtis Lewis III
  • David E. Linch, BUSM ’80
  • Rev. Julie Whidden Long, CLA ’02, DIV ’05
  • A. Rabun Matthews III, CLA, ’61
  • J. Thomas McAfee III, BUS ’00
  • Jackie Baugh Moore
  • The Hon. M. Cindy Morris, CLA ’80, LAW ’84
  • William Anthony Moye, Chair of Board’s Executive Committee, PHA ’73
  • J. Reg Murphy, CLA ’55, HON ’75
  • M. Diane Owens, CLA ’77, LAW ’80
  • W. Carl Reynolds, CLA ’64, LAW ’66
  • Pete Robinson, LAW ‘80
  • Dr. Joe Sam Robinson Jr.
  • The Hon. W. Louis Sands, CLA ’71, LAW ’74
  • Richard A. Schneider, LAW ’81
  • Edward J. Schutter Jr., PHA ’77
  • Chris R. Sheridan Jr.
  • J. Daniel Speight, LAW ’82
  • Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Raymond M. Warren III, CLA ‘86
  • Jerry S. Wilson, BUSA ‘86
  • William D. Underwood, Ex Officio, voting

Life Trustees

  • President Jimmy Carter
  • The Hon. W. Homer Drake Jr., CLA ’54, LAW ’56
  • Dr. Spencer B. King III, CLA ‘59

Life Trustees In Memoriam

  • Griffin B. Bell, LAW ’48, HON ’67
  • Thomas B. Black
  • William A. Bootle, CLA ’24, LAW ’25, HON ’82
  • Tom Watson Brown
  • James H. Cowart
  • Remer H. Crum, HON ’01
  • Frank Jordan
  • Gerald Saunders, HON ’87
  • Robert L. Steed, HON ’79, LAW ’61, CLA ’58
  • Jackson P. Turner Jr.