Board of Trustees

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Ferrum College Board of Trustees

Phyllis Karavatakis
Pictured: Phyllis Q. Karavatakis ’76, Chair of the Ferrum College Board of Trustees

Members of the Ferrum College Board of Trustees (BOT) are volunteers who are qualified to serve by virtue of their achievements, scholarship, business-related experience and/or United Methodist Church association. They are appointed to direct the policies and retain senior management personnel of the College.

As a group the BOT is liable for the financial and other consequences of the College’s activities.

Board Member Responsibilities

  • Know the mission and purpose of the organization− Serve four-year terms, making meeting attendance and participation a high priority
  • Set policies, approve the operating budget, and oversee its implementation
  • Participate in strategic planning and committee assignments
  • Ensure the legal and ethical integrity of the organization
  • Select, support and evaluate the performance of the president
  • Make an annual financial commitment to the College at a level consistent with ability to give, and provide fund raising contacts to outside funding sources
  • Monitor and strengthen the College’s programs and services
  • Enhance the public standing of Ferrum College by being an advocate and spokesperson

Board of Trustees Members (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

Officers and Executive Committee

  • Mrs. Phyllis Karavatakis ’76, Chair, Union Hall
  • Mr. D. Scott Showalter ‘73, First Vice Chair, Raleigh, NC
  • Mr. W. Jeffrey Booker, Second Vice Chair, Gastonia, NC
  • Dr. Lou C. Talbutt, Secretary, Blacksburg


Mrs. Suzanne B. Bell ’62, Vinton

Mrs. Sue M. Boltz, Lake Frederick

Mr. Clay Campbell, Martinsville

Mr. John P. Cougill, ’69, Richmond

Mrs. Betty J. Forbes, Chester

Mrs. Vicki Gardner, Smith Mountain Lake

Rev. Dr. Janine W. Howard, Martinsville

Mrs. Ann Klotz, Waynesboro

Rev. Elizabeth H. Lazenby, Rocky Mount

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, Glen Allen

Mr. Judson Mason ’67, Nellysford

Mrs. Annita P. Nelson, Ferrum

Mr. Wilson T. Paine, ’07, Reston

Mr. Baxter F. Phillips, Jr. ’66, Manakin Sabot

Mrs. Mary Jane Rawley, Bridgewater

Mr. Glenn Rowley, Glen Allen

Mr. Ronald (Ron) E. Singleton ’70, Fredericksburg

Mrs. Carolyn L. Smith, Dumfries

Mrs. Suzanne Smith ’98, Roanoke

Mr. Robert W. Todd ’67, Williamsburg

Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster, Roanoke

Mrs. Marilyn H. West, Richmond

Hon. Martin E. Williams, ’73, Richmond

Mr. Don L. Wilson ’68, Glen Allen

Mr. George D. Yancey, ’67, Gordonsville

 Trustees Emeriti

Mr. William B. Bales, Williamsburg

Mr. Maury L. Carter, ’53, Orlando, FL

Mrs. Patricia O. Compton, Richmond

Mr. Robert A. Cox, Jr., Richmond

Mrs. Thelma B. Crowder, South Boston

Mr. Sid D. Mason, Rocky Mount

Dr. M. Douglas Newman ’42, Roanoke

Mrs. Ida B. Powell, Lynchburg