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Six Newcomers Join Board of Visitors

Duke University President Richard Brodhead has appointed six new members to the Divinity School’s Board of Visitors. The 36-member group provides counsel and support for the school’s leadership, mission, and programs. Robert Scott, a retired attorney and United Methodist layman from San Antonio, Texas, chairs the board.

AnthonyNancy B. Anthony of Oklahoma City, Okla., is the executive director of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Her experience includes work as a consultant in statistics and demography, and she has taught at Vanderbilt and Oklahoma City University. Active at Crown Heights United Methodist Church, she and her husband, Bob, who serves on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, have four daughters, including Katherine, a Duke Divinity student.

DeanAmanda J. Dean D’10 of Durham, N.C., is the campus minister and executive director of the Wesley Campus Ministry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has extensive mission experience both domestically and internationally, including missions to the Bahamas, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Nicaragua. She is one of three “Recent Graduate” appointees serving on the board.

LeeWilliam L. “Bill” Lee D’78 of Roanoke, Va., is senior pastor at Loudon Avenue Christian Church, where he has led innovative ministries during the past 33 years. He is a founder of New Horizon Healthcare, past chair of the United Way of Roanoke, a resolution specialist with the Veterans Administration, and vice president of the Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley. He served for two years as the Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination in the United States and Canada. He and his wife, Dana, licensing specialist for the Virginia Department of Social Services, are the parents of a son and a daughter.

McDonaldThaddeus L. “Thad” McDonald III D’77 of Raleigh, N.C., is a professor in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the director of the WakeMed Faculty Physicians Department of Ob/Gyn. Nationally recognized for outstanding clinical teaching, he has also chaired medical executive staffs and foundations with WakeMed. He and his wife, Margueritte Gilkey McDonald, a physician specializing in obstetrics/gynecology, are active members of Highland United Methodist Church and the parents of two daughters. Thad’s late father, Thaddeus L. McDonald Jr. D’44 was a United Methodist pastor.

RobinsonMichael L. Robinson of Winston-Salem, N.C., is co-managing partner with the law firm Robinson & Lawing. He is a member of the N.C. State Bar Council and the Dispute Resolution Commission. He has chaired the boards for Arbor Acres Retirement Community of the United Methodist Church, the Hospice and Palliative Care Center Inc., the Committee on the Episcopacy for the Western N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the Parish Ministry Fund at Duke Divinity School. He is a long-time parishioner and leader at Centenary United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Wynn Tanner, are the parents of four grown children.

WilliamsSue S. Williams of Atlanta, Ga., is a retired singer and music educator who has taught at both Emory and Mercer. Her leadership experience spans the arts and higher education. She has served with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Warren Wilson College, and Columbia Theological Seminary. An elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church, she has been clerk of session, chair of fine arts, chair of worship and music, and chair of the 50th anniversary jubilee. She and her husband, Neil Williams T’58, L’61 , former chair of the Duke University board of trustees, are the parents of a son (who is a Duke graduate) and a daughter.

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Karl Grant, pastor of Cedar Grove (N.C.) United Methodist Church, earned his M.Div. in 2006, not in 2009, as was reported in the Fall 2010 edition of Divinity. He is currently in his ninth year in parish ministry. Cedar Grove UMC is among three partner churches from the N.C. Annual Conference in the Divinity School’s Thriving Rural Communities program.