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Salem Announces New Trustees, Officers

The Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees has added three new members effective July 1, 2009, according to President Susan E. Pauly. Joining the Board of Trustees are Lisa Herron Bankoff C73 of Atlanta, GA, as Alumna Trustee; Mary Martha Whitener Beecy C88 of Charlotte, NC; and L. Duane...

The Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees has added three new members effective July 1, 2009, according to President Susan E. Pauly.

Joining the Board of Trustees are Lisa Herron Bankoff C’73 of Atlanta, GA, as Alumna Trustee; Mary Martha Whitener Beecy C’88 of Charlotte, NC; and L. Duane Davis of Winston-Salem, NC. Board officers are Gwynne Stephens Taylor C’72, chair; Rev. Richard L. Sides, vice chair; and Charles L. Blixt, treasurer.

Lisa Herron Bankoff, who received a bachelor’s degree from Salem, is a community volunteer/fundraiser and former paralegal. She was past president of the Atlanta Area Alumnae Club; member of the Salem major gifts committee/Atlanta campaign; and received the Salem College Alumnae Service Award in 2003.  She has been active in a number of Atlanta organizations, currently serving as a member of the Atlanta chapter board and national board of The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation Inc. (ARCS); board member of the Rich Mountain Conservancy; past chair of the Festival of Trees; organizer of Festival of Lights at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park as well as manager of children performers for the 1996 Olympics opening and closing ceremonies; and a former board member of the Atlanta Symphony Associates.

Mary Martha Whitener Beecy is currently the president of the Salem College Alumnae Association. She received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Salem and a master’s in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University. She was formerly director of development, Trinity School in Atlanta; assistant director of development, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University; and assistant to former president Litzenburg at Salem Academy and College. She is a member of the parents’ council at Charlotte Latin School and was board member of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte Encore Board. She has served Salem as College fund vice president, Charlotte Gramley Dinner sponsor and former president of the Charlotte alumnae club.

L. Duane Davis is a senior vice president at Wachovia Wealth Management in Winston-Salem. He received a business degree from Morehouse College, Atlanta, and his career in financial services has been recognized in Forbes, USA Today, the Washington Post and the LA Times.  He has given investment lectures at Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Morehouse, among others, and is the author of two investment guides. Davis founded a national nonprofit that focuses on raising awareness of the importance of saving and investing for women, minorities and children. He is involved in a number of community organizations including Winston-Salem Optimist Soccer, Central YMCA, Urban League, United Negro College Fund and Winston-Salem State University School of Business and Economics. He was a member of the Salem Academy and College Board of Visitors before joining the Board of Trustees.

Board chair Gwynne Stephens Taylor received her B.A. degree in history from Salem College and her master’s in history and historic preservation from Wake Forest University.  She served on the Salem Board of Trustees from 2003-2005 as president of the College Alumnae Association and since 2005 as a college alumna trustee.  She is a past member of the Salem Board of Visitors.  Active in the field of historic preservation in North Carolina for more than 30 years both as a professional and as a volunteer, she received the state’s highest preservation award, the Cannon Cup, in 1990.  She has served as the director of Historic Bethabara and helped to start the Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina.  She is a past president and member of the board of directors of Preservation North Carolina and helped to lead Salem’s renovation of the 1785 Single Sisters House.  She has received the Heritage Award given by the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission and the Wachovia Historical Society’s Archie K. Davis Award for outstanding contributions to local and regional history.

Board vice chair Richard (Rick) L. Sides received his B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill and master’s of divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary.  He is executive director of the Board of Christian Education of the Moravian Church, Southern Province.  He has been a member of the Salem Board of Trustees from 1986-1992 and from 2002 to the present and is a past member of the Salem Board of Visitors. Board memberships include Provincial Elders Conference of the Moravian Church, Southern Province; Provincial Financial Board of the Moravian Church, Southern Province; Laurel Ridge Moravian Camp and Conference Center; Interprovincial Board of Communications of the Moravian Church in America.  He volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and AIDS Care Services.

Board treasurer Charles (Chuck) L. Blixt received his B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and is the retired executive vice president and general counsel of Reynolds American Inc. and R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. He has been on the Salem Board of Trustees since 2001 and also served on the Salem Board of Visitors.  He currently serves on the board of directors of Swedish Match AB, Targacept Inc. and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. and is a senior advisor to the law firm of Jones Day.