Kathryn M. Pumphrey, search committee lead co-chair, has recently retired as executive vice president of the Centra Foundation. She is a member of the Lynchburg board of trustees, secretary of the board, chair of the trusteeship committee, and a member of the advancement committee. She is a graduate of the University and a past president of the alumni association. Dr. Pumphrey serves on numerous community boards and holds a doctoral degree in higher education administration from the University of Virginia.
Walker Sydnor, search committee co-chair, is a graduate of Hampden Sydney College and was awarded the honorary degree Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lynchburg College in 2007. The former president of Scott Insurance, Mr. Sydnor has served on the boards of several local institutions including Lynchburg College and Centra Health, serving as chair of each. He served as chair of the search committee that brought President Kenneth Garren to Lynchburg.
Price Blair is an assistant professor of Biology at the University of Lynchburg. He earned his PhD in pharmacology from Boston University and bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and classics from Washington & Lee University. Dr. Blair completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University and is the recipient of the Polloway Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.
Christopher Boyd is a 1997 graduate of Lynchburg and a member of the board of trustees. He delivered the commencement address in 2017. A communication studies major, Dr. Boyd earned his MBA from Shorter University in 2005 and his PhD in organizational leadership from Regent University in 2014. In 2007, Dr. Boyd became executive pastor of Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, a church in Austell, Georgia, with more than 21,000 members in the greater Atlanta region.
Suzanne Farmer Flynn, development specialist for the Madison Area YMCA in New Jersey, is a 1980 graduate of Lynchburg. She earned a master’s degree in nonprofit administration at the University of San Francisco. A professional fundraiser for nonprofit organizations, Ms. Flynn is a member of the University’s board of trustees and currently serves as chair of the advancement committee.
Nat Marshall, ex-officio, graduated from Lynchburg College in 1983 with dual majors in business administration and English. Shortly thereafter, he went to work for Babcock & Wilcox, now BWXT, where he currently serves as Corporate EEO Manager and Human Resources Generalist. He has been with BWXT for 34 years. Mr. Marshall is currently chair of the University of Lynchburg board of trustees and serves on many local, regional, and state boards.
Margaret (Peg) Miller is a retired professor of higher education policy at the University of Virginia, former executive editor of Change magazine, president emerita of the American Association for Higher Education, and former chief academic officer at the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. She was also an English professor and campus administrator at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. A proud descendant of Josephus and Sarah Hopwood, she serves on the University’s board of trustees.
Andrew J. McKenna ’99 is president and CEO of McKenna & Associates in Arlington, Va. He currently serves as a member of the University’s board of trustees.
Desmond Mosby serves as the student employment coordinator for the University. In this role he works with students through the work-study program. For the past year he has also served as the chair of the staff advisory committee. He is a graduate of Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership studies at the University of Lynchburg.
Todd Olsen has coached women’s soccer at Lynchburg since 1994 and in 2014, led the Hornets to the Division III national championship while compiling a 27-0-1 record. Since his arrival, the Hornets have posted 20 winning seasons and have advanced to the NCAA tournament 15 of the past 18 seasons. Olsen received his bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education in 1985 from Slippery Rock University. After graduation, Olsen traveled to England and attended Loughborough University, earning his master’s degree in 1987 after completing a comprehensive soccer coaching regimen. In 1992, Olsen rounded out his academic career at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a master’s degree in public health and a PhD in epidemiology. Olsen is actively involved with service and study abroad projects both locally and globally. He has taken the women’s soccer team on soccer/service trips to Argentina and Costa Rica.
Nathaniel Pierce of Mechanicsville, Va. is a junior at the University of Lynchburg, majoring in criminology and political science with a minor in international relations.
Ed Polloway is professor emeritus of education at the University of Lynchburg. He previously served as dean of graduate studies and vice president for community advancement during his 40-year career as a member of the faculty and later administration of the institution.
David A. Rosser, a 1990 graduate of Lynchburg, grew up on campus; his father graduated from Lynchburg in 1940 and returned to teach Physics for more than 40 years. Mr. Rosser is currently president of the alumni association and credits his Lynchburg classmates and professors for shaping his life. He received an MBA from the University of Richmond in 1995 and has served as a senior special agent in the U.S. Secret Service for 22 years.
Aaron Smith, ex-officio, is a triple Hornet with three degrees from Lynchburg. As chief diversity officer, Dr. Smith leads efforts to ensure the University is a more diverse and inclusive community. He currently serving the institution as interim vice president for student development and dean of students and was named one of Central Virginia’s top 20 young leaders,
Andy Tatom graduated in 1978 with a BS in biology, played on the first lacrosse club team, met his wife at the institution and was married in Snidow Chapel. A physical therapist and recipient of the Carey Brewer Alumni Award, he helped in the development of the doctor of physical therapy program and taught in the orthopedic section for the first DPT class. He has been a trustee since 2010, and serves as chair of the enrollment committee. He and his wife, Sue, previously chaired the parents’ council and the couple’s youngest son, Matthew, is a 2017 graduate.
Elza C. Tiner is professor of Latin & English at the University. In addition to teaching English literature and composition, she has developed general education Latin program and minor in classical studies, including a new course in medical Latin that includes an introduction to early authors in the health sciences. Her publications include studies in classical and medieval literature and teaching applications for Latin and English composition. She is currently working on an anthology of readings for the medical Latin course and the translation and edition of a 15th century play.
Davion Washington Jr., from Charlotte, NC, is a junior political science and sociology major at the University and a Westover Honors fellow. A peer organization advisor, connections program coordinator for first-year programs and member of the Student Government Association, he currently serves as SGA president. Davion is a strong advocate for diversity, inclusion, safety, innovation and the highest quality of student life at the University.