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Eight Join Board of Visitors

Duke University President Richard Brodhead has appointed eight new members to the Divinity School’s 36-member Board of Visitors. James Harnish, a United Methodist pastor from Tampa, Fla., chairs the advisory group, which meets twice a year at Duke.

Lucinda Samford Cannon, of Opelika, Ala., is a real estate developer and educator active with local, state, and national associations of realtors. She serves on the boards of East Alabama Medical Center, Southern States Bank, Huntingdon College, and the W. James Samford Jr. Foundation, and coordinates “20 under 40,” a program working with young adults to cultivate city leadership.

D. Stephen Lewis Jr. D’00, of Johns Creek, Ga., is a Baptist pastor and regional director with the Fund for Theological Education, where his work includes Project Rising Sun, a leadership academy for young pastors. He is co-facilitator of the Young Ministers’ Roundtable and one of the Joshua Generation pastors with ABLE (Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment).

Brian K. Milford D’86, of Atlantic, Iowa, is superintendent of the Southwest District in the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served parishes in Iowa and, for three years, in New Zealand. He has served on the St. Luke’s Hospital Hospice board and the board of the Boy Scouts of America in Cedar Rapids.

Thomas J. Pace, of Houston, Texas, is senior pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. He serves on boards with Interfaith Ministries in Houston, the Seniors Place, the Methodist Hospital Houston, the Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio, and is on the advisory board with Perkins School of Theology satellite programs in Houston and Galveston. He also chairs the board of ordained ministry for the Texas Conference.

Edwin S. Roberson, of Memphis, Tenn., is a United Methodist layman, chief executive officer of Novostem Therapeutics Inc., and chairman of Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare. He serves as treasurer of the Tennessee Republican Party and is the former finance chairman for U.S. Senators Bill Frist, Fred Thompson, and Lamar Alexander.

Connie Mitchell Shelton D’97, of Jackson, Miss., is senior pastor at Galloway United Methodist Church. She served as executive director of The United Methodist Hour radio and TV ministry from 1999 to 2005 in Mississippi and as co-director of Field Education at Duke Divinity with her husband, Joey, prior to their appointment to parish ministry in 2008.

Ashley Crowder Stanley T’77, D’80, of High Point, N.C., is senior minister at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. She has served in chaplaincy roles in Minneapolis, Minn., and Durham, as an adjunct faculty member at the Divinity School, and in parish ministry across western North Carolina. She is a former president of the Divinity School Alumni Association.

Kevin K. Wright D’08, of Charlotte, N.C., is minister of missions at Myers Park United Methodist Church and serves on the board of the South Tryon Community Coalition. He is serving as one of three recent-graduate members of the Board of Visitors.

Larry M. Goodpaster, of Charlotte, N.C., who is resident bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, joins the board as an ex officio member.