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 2017

Thomas William (Tommy) Malone - Board Chair
LAW ‘66

Cathy Callaway Adams
TIFT ’81

William H. "Billy" Anderson II
CLA ’59

Tom Bishop
CLA '82, LAW '85

Malcolm S. Burgess Jr.

G. Marshall Butler, Sr.

Neville Callam

President Jimmy Carter

Ashley Amos Copelan
CLA ’91, EDU ’96

Milton L. Cruz
CLA ’82

Heather Darden
CLA '98

Patricia (Patty) Bridges Dash
NUR ’68

Dwight Davis
LAW ’82

The Honorable Sara L. Doyle
LAW ’94

A.V. Elliott
CLA ’56

Gene Gabbard

Margaret (Maggie) Gill

Nancy Grace
CLA ’81, LAW ’84

William Andrew (Andy) Haggard
LAW ’67

Robert F. Hatcher Sr.

James N. (Dock) Hollingsworth Jr.
CLA ’84, DIV ’08

David E. Hudson
CLA ’68

William J. (Bill) Ireland, Jr.

Genelle Jennings

Holly McCorkle Jones
CLA ’88, LAW ‘91

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Claude M. (Mick) Kicklighter
CLA ‘55

Spencer B. King, III
CLA ‘59

Julie Whidden Long
CLA ’02, DIV ’05

Carolyn Townsend McAfee

James Thomas (Tom) McAfee, III
BUS ‘00

Governor Zell Miller

The Honorable Maxine Cynthia (Cindy) Morris
CLA '80, LAW '84

Mary Diane Owens
CLA ’77, LAW ‘80

Miller Peterson (Pete) Robinson
LAW ‘80

W. Carl Reynolds
CLA ’64, LAW ’66

Joe Sam Robinson Jr.

The Honorable W. Louis Sands
LAW ’74, CLA ’71

Ed Schutter
PHA '77

J. Daniel Speight LAW ’82

Barbara Brown Taylor

James Williams Thomas, Jr.
CLA '93

The Honorable Hugh P. Thompson
LAW ‘69

The Honorable Marc Treadwell
LAW ‘81

Raymond M. (Thad) Warren, III
CLA ‘86

Jerry S. Wilson
MBA ‘86

William D. (Bill) Underwood

Life Trustees

The Honorable W. Homer Drake, Jr. 
LAW ’56, CLA ’54

Life Trustees In Memoriam

Griffin B. Bell
LAW ’48, HON ’67

Thomas B. (Tom) Black

William A. (Gus) 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. (Bob) Steed
HON ’79, LAW ’61, CLA ’58

Jackson P. (Jack) Turner, Jr.