Vice-Chancellor Search Committee

The Rt. Rev. Robert S. Skirving, Chancellor

Robert S. Skirving, H'15, is the chancellor of the University and the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. Prior to becoming Bishop, Skirving served congregations in Ontario and Michigan for 28 years. He is chair of the Board of Trustees and a current member of the Board of Regents.

Joseph B. DeLozier, Chair

Joseph B. DeLozier is a 1977 graduate of the University and parent of Jan, C’16. He has practiced plastic surgery in Nashville for 30 years. Dr. DeLozier is a past chair of the Board of Regents. For the past 29 summers, he has provided an internship for a Sewanee student. All 29 of those students have pursued a career in healthcare.

Margaret P. McLarty, Vice Chair

Margaret P. McLarty, from Jackson, Mississippi, is a former secretary of the Board of the Regents and a past diocesan trustee. McLarty is a senior vice president for Wells Fargo Advisors. She also served on the prior vice-chancellor search committee. She is the parent of Andrew, C’05, T’20, and Nathan, C’09.

The Rt. Rev. John Bauerschmidt

John C. Bauerschmidt, H’07, was consecrated bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee in January 2007 and lives in Nashville. Bishop Bauerschmidt has served as a trustee since 2007; in addition, he served as a regent from 2009-2015. He was ordained in 1984 for the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. He holds the D.Phil. degree in theology from Oxford University.

Mary Ellen Fagan

Mary Ellen “Nellie” Fagan, C’20, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, is president of the Order of the Gown, Sewanee's academic honor society and a double major in religious studies and women's and gender studies. She is the chair of the Student Title IX Committee, a sacristan at All Saints' Chapel, a member of Sewanee's NAACP, and the community coordinator for Perpetual Motion, Sewanee's student-run dance organization.

Jett M. Fisher

Jett M. "Jay" Fisher is a 1979 graduate of Sewanee. He currently serves the University as the vice president of University Relations, secretary of the corporation, and deputy secretary of the Board of Trustees. He is parent of Jett, C’11; Elliott, C’13; John, C’16; and Henry, C’21.

John L. Ford

John L. Ford, H'19, of Atlanta, Georgia, spent his career in higher education, as a professor and administrator. He retired from Emory University in 2012 after 12 years as senior vice president and dean of campus life. Previously, he was the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students and a professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University, where he is now a professor emeritus. He was elected, in 2006, by the Diocese of Atlanta to serve on the Board of Trustees, and in 2011 he was elected by the Board of Trustees to serve a six-year term on the Board of Regents.

Reid T. Funston

Reid T. Funston is a 1986 graduate of Sewanee and is the current chair of the Board of Regents. He is a partner and co-chief investment officer with Reicon Capital, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a former member of both the Board of Trustees and the advisory board of the Babson Center for Global Commerce.

W. Marichal Gentry

W. Marichal Gentry is a 1986 graduate of the University. At Sewanee, he currently serves as vice president for student life and dean of students. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees,and has worked in the field of higher education for more than 20 years.

Virginia Fairlie Scott Herron

Virginia Fairlie Scott Herron, of Montgomery, Alabama, is a 1992 graduate of Sewanee. She is a parent of Ellie, C’20. She is a member of the Board of Trustees, a former member of the Alumni Executive Board, and a former emerging leader.

Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. King

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. King is associate professor of Church history and director of the Advanced Degrees Program at the School of Theology. King attended Cambridge University as an undergraduate and as a seminarian, before coming to the United States to work as a parish priest in Boston from 2000 to 2005. From 2005 to 2009, he was Episcopal chaplain at Harvard University, where he also taught at Harvard Divinity School. He is currently serving as a faculty trustee.

Andrea N. Mansker

Andrea N. Mansker is professor of history and chair of women’s and gender studies at Sewanee. She has served as faculty advisor to the student-led Women’s Center (The Wick) on campus for the past three years and as a member of the Title IX Committee since its inception. Mansker’s publications include the 2011 monograph, Sex, Honor, and Citizenship in Early Third Republic France (Palgrave) and a number of articles on the history of personal advertisements and the matchmaking industry in Napoleonic France and the July Monarchy.

Rev. Thelma “Nikki” Patton Mathis

The Rev. Thelma M. “Nikki” Patton Mathis is the rector at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. Before entering the priesthood in 2008, she worked as a licensed clinical social worker, enjoying a career that spanned nearly 20 years. She received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, as well as two graduate degrees, a master of social work from the University of Georgia, and a master of divinity from the School of Theology, Sewanee. She is currently serving as a diocesan trustee. While enrolled at the School of Theology, she became the first African American to serve as president of the student body.

Jon Meacham

Jon E. Meacham, of Nashville, Tennessee, is a 1991 graduate of Sewanee and a 2010 honorary degree recipient. He is a writer, reviewer, and biographer who holds the Rogers Chair in the American Presidency at Vanderbilt University. He is a contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, contributing editor of Time Magazine, and former Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek.

Deon Miles

Deon Miles is entering his 18th year as a chemistry professor at the University. His leadership experience includes being the current chair of chemistry, a previous co-director of Sewanee’s Center for Teaching, the former NCAA faculty athletics representative, and a current council member of Sewanee’s Center for Leadership. He previously served twice on search committees for the dean of the College. He has mentored more than 25 students in undergraduate research efforts at Sewanee, resulting in five peer-reviewed publications and numerous presentations. He is an ordained deacon at Silverdale Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Katherine Nielsen

Katherine Nielsen serves on the board of the Alabama Trails Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County, Florida, and as a member of the Board of Regents. She was president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham from 2000 to 2013 after becoming its first development officer in 1995. Nielsen was named Fundraising Executive of the Year by the Alabama Association of Fundraising Executives and, in 2019, was inducted into the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame. She is parent to Beeland, C’04; Katherine, C’05; and Rob, C’11.

Ruth Sánchez-Imizcoz

Ruth Sánchez-Imizcoz is a native of Valencia, Spain. Professor Sánchez came to the Sewanee in 1983, where she directed the Spanish House for three years, and graduated from Sewanee in 1986, with a degree in history. She has a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She returned to Sewanee in 1990. She was the chair of the Spanish Department from 2004-2014, served as faculty trustee from 2012 to 2015, has been a Member of the International and Global Studies Board since 2008.

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