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winter 2018
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1961
James “Bucky” Reynolds II was honored by the Warrenton (Va.) Horse Show Board of Directors with the naming of its horse schooling ring “Bucky’s Ring.” Reynolds, who died in July 2017 at the age of 78, was internationally known as a rider and trainer.

1975
Jerry Henry is a member of the Yale Alumni Board of Governors. He serves as one of 29 Yale University graduates who represent more than 171,000 Yale alumni internationally. Henry has a master’s degree from Yale Divinity School. He lives in Atlanta and is a partner at Alexander Haas Inc., a fundraising consulting firm.

John Windley has begun a four-year term on the South Carolina Board of Financial Institutions. The president of South State Bank, headquartered in Columbia, he has been in banking 43 years.

1977
Dr. Mike Canty has been appointed as a medical advisor of Bertila’s Foundation, a foundation organized in memory of Bertila Boyd-Bostic ’08. The foundation provides support through education, care assessment and academic scholarships for college-aged females who aspire to have careers in medicine or law.

1982
In September, Louis Smith celebrated the 30th anniversary of the opening of his shop, Smithworks Fine Jewelry, in Spartanburg. Smith studied accounting at Wofford.

1987
David Wendell Ward is a senior vice president at First South Bank in South Carolina. He and his wife, Marsha, live in Pauline, S.C.

1995
Kim Johnson is an administrative assistant at the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

1996
Mary Jett Camp works as a math interventionist at Spartanburg County School District Five in South Carolina.
Dr. Onarae Rice, an associate professor of neuroscience at Furman University, was honored as a Minority Access National Role Model at the National Role Models Conference in National Harbor, Md., in September. Minority Access assists individuals; academic institutions; federal, state and local government agencies and corporations in diversifying their campuses and work sites.

1997
Craig Parks has been named director of government relations for the University of South Carolina and its campus system. Parks has worked for the South Carolina Senate in several positions for more than a decade. He and his wife, Amy Jordan Parks ’97, live in Columbia with their children Anna Grace, Coleman, Addyson Virginia and Margaret Heyward.

1999
Trae Judy III has opened Rock Block, designed as an incubator for rock bands, in the Five Points area of Columbia, S.C. Rock Block provides support for bands and is described by Judy as a “one-stop shop” for songwriting, branding, marketing and websites.

Michael Patrick O’Quinn is a clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellow at University of North Carolina Health Care. He is completing training in a program focused on treatment of arrhythmias. He and his wife, Nikole, and their children, Oliver and Poppy, live in Pittsboro, N.C.

2000
The Rev. Daniel Burbage and Kelley Henry Burbage are proud to welcome baby girl Hollis Kate Burbage, born Sept. 7, 2018. Daniel is associate pastor of St. Andrew by the Sea United Methodist Church in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

2001
Trey Gantt III has been promoted to senior vice president of lending services at the South Carolina Federal Credit Union. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Wesleyan University.

Craig Melvin, a member of the Wofford Board of Trustees, has been promoted to a news anchor position on the NBC News Today Show. Already a frequent contributor to the show, Melvin now has a spotlighted role each day. He formerly was an MSNBC anchor and NBC News correspondent.

2004
Riddick Ackerman IV and his wife, Brooke, welcomed their second son, Joseph Briggs Ackerman, born June 21, 2018. Dr. Riddick Ackerman III ’70, the baby’s grandfather, is a Wofford graduate, as are his great-grandfathers, Dr. Riddick Ackerman Jr. ’26 and Roddey Bell ’42.

2005
Bonnie Allen Lynch has been selected to participate in Leadership Greenville (S.C.). She works with the Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd law firm and represents clients ranging from individuals to international companies.

Janet Rhodes has been named a partner at the Burnette Shutt & McDaniel law firm in Columbia, S.C. She has practiced employment law for almost 10 years and is a graduate of the Charleston School of Law.

2006
Derek Newberry has joined the Hall Booth Smith law firm in Charleston, S.C., as an associate. His practice focuses on professional liability defense, construction litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury defense and representing manufacturers in product defect litigation.

Gabby Linder Poole is the physician assistants program director at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, S.C. She is the founding director of the program, which began in 2017. She and her husband, Anthony, live in Charleston with their children, Emmy, Will and Mac.

2007
Keisha L. Dyer has been appointed treasurer of Bertila’s Foundation, which was formed in memory of Bertila Boyd-Bostic ’08. The foundation provides support through education, care assessment and academic scholarships for college-aged females aspiring to have careers in medicine or law.

2008
Jonathan Richardson and Amanda Wilson Richardson welcomed baby boy Oliver Edwin Richardson July 31, 2018.
After receiving a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business, Yumi Kobayashi Weathersby is a program coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in Columbia, S.C. She handles administrative duties and project management with a focus on process improvement. She and her husband, Caleb, live in Columbia.

2009
Former Wofford football player Greg Gasparato is coaching safeties on the Appalachian State University staff. Previously, he was inside linebackers coach at Wofford.

Jamie E. Wilson has been appointed legal advisor of Bertila’s Foundation, which provides support through education, care assessment and academic scholarship for college-aged women who aspire to careers in medicine or law. The foundation was started in memory of Bertila Boyd-Bostic ’08.

2010
Jeffrey Griffin and McCown Bridges Griffin welcomed baby girl Eliza Parker Griffin July 30, 2018. The family lives in Charleston, S.C.

Dr. Hunter A. Smith has joined LowCountry Women’s Specialists as a physician in the obstetrics and gynecology practice. He works in the Summerville and North Charleston offices in South Carolina.

2011
Dr. Nathan Redding is a lecturer in the Biological Sciences Department at Clemson University. Redding received his Ph.D. in plant and environmental sciences from Clemson in August 2018.

2012
Courtney Green Knittle is a senior business development and marketing manager at Monument Policy Group in the District of Columbia. She earned a promotion to senior manager in July 2018. She and her husband, Scott, live in Alexandria, Va.

Dr. Thomas Schnibben has joined the faculty of Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., as a mathematics instructor. He received his doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina.

Bedford Wooten and Elizabeth Monroe ’14 were married Nov. 4, 2017, in Greenville, S.C.

2013
Kellee-Morgan Witherspoon Abercrombie is a web applications developer at Ally Bank. She and her husband, Colin, were married March 10, 2018. They live in Charlotte, N.C.

Carlyle Cromer has joined Flowers Foods Inc. as associate general counsel. The company is headquartered in Thomasville, Ga.

Margaret Fawcett and Derrick Alan Grantz were married June 30, 2018, at Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, S.C. She works for Camp Cole in Columbia and at Hammond School as the competition cheer coach. The couple is living in Columbia.

Ty Gregory has been inducted into the Greer (S.C.) High School Athletics Hall of Fame. Gregory was an all-American offensive lineman at Wofford.

2014
Chase West is an equity research associate at Consumer Edge Research in New York City.

2015
Rachel Cooley is a physician assistant at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, N.C. Her specialty is plastic and reconstructive surgery. She received a master’s degree from the Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2018.

The West Augustine Foundation in St. Augustine, Fla., has been renamed the Tarek Odom West Augustine Foundation in memory of Tarek Jaquan Odom, who died in January 2018. Odom was an all-Southern Conference football player at Wofford.

Michael Weimer has joined BB&T as a business service officer in commercial lending in Wilmington, N.C. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Missouri State University.

2016
Former Wofford baseball player Matt Milburn pitched this summer for Stockton, an Oakland A’s farm team in the California League. He pitched a one-hitter against Modesto in a 2-0 win in August. Milburn had a 6-5 record in his senior season at Wofford.

Hilton Head (S.C.) Prep has inducted Liz Buterbaugh into its Athletics Hall of Fame. Buterbaugh starred for Wofford’s volleyball team.

2018
Malik Rivera played free safety for the Georgia Tech football team this season after graduation from Wofford. He was a star for the Terriers, helping the team reach the FCS playoffs. He was twice named to the Southern Conference All-Academic Team.

FACULTY/STAFF
Dr. Dave Whisnant, professor emeritus of chemistry, was inducted into the Monticello (Ill.) High School Hall of Fame in the fall. Among his many outstanding achievements, he was recognized for developing applications of technology in chemical education, including more than 20 publications in the area.