Johnson C. Smith University announced that its Board of Trustees will have its first female leader since the school’s founding in 1867.
Shirley Hughes was announced on Tuesday as the chair-elect, to take over the board in August. Hughes is currently the board’s vice-chair, and Kevin Henry was appointed to take her old job.
Both are two-year appointments.
Hughes is the retired senior vice-president of human resources at Ceridian Corp., a Minneapolis based employee services company. She has served on other university boards of trustees, including Coe College.
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While she did not attend JCSU, she has donated over $100,000 to the school. She acts as an ambassador and mentor to prospective students in Minneapolis, where she currently lives.
Henry, who lives in Charlotte, is executive vice president of Extended Stay America, a Charlotte-based hotel chain. He serves on other local governing boards, like Charlotte Latin School and Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.
“We are delighted that the university will now enjoy the benefits of their respective expertise, vision and leadership in a new and more meaningful way,” said Ronald Carter, the university’s president.
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