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Board of Directors

Believing any successful mission goes far beyond the strength of any individual personality, a dedicated group formed a Board of Directors in July of 2003. 

Wesley Blanding

President, Blanding Iron Works
B.S., University of South Carolina

Wesley is active in local and international missions; he leads several study groups, including a prison ministry. Wesley has two grown children. 

David Brown, Jr., M.D.

Ophthalmologist
B.S., Davidson College
M.D., Medical University of South Carolina

David is an avid naturalist and equestrian. He is married to Linda, and has two grown children.

Charles E. Fienning

Senior Advisor and Former President and CEO, Sumter Packaging Corporation
B.A., Harvard College
MBA, Harvard Business School

Chuck is an active leader in business and community, serving in leadership roles on numerous boards and associations. He is the current Chair of the Board of Directors. Chuck is married to Suzanne, and has three sons and three grandchildren.

Suzanne S. Fienning

B.A., Monmouth College

Sue leads several civic and Christian organizations, and is active in her church choir. She is married to Chuck, and has three sons and three grandchildren.

George W. Jacobs

President, Davidson Centre for the Professions
B.A., Centre College of Kentucky
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of South Carolina

George is an ordained Presbyterian minister and writer. He is married to Gordon, and has one son.

Gordon Russell Jacobs

Managing Partner, Davidson Centre for the Professions
B.A., Centre College of Kentucky

Gordon volunteers in community and serves in several non-profit organizations. She is married to George, and has one son.

Bartow S. Shaw, Jr.

Director, American Forestry Management
B.S., Clemson University
M.F., Forest Management, Duke University

Bo is active on a number of educational as well as regional and national business boards. In 2009, he received the Clemson University Distinguished Alumni Award.  Bo is married to Vickey, and has four children and eight grandchildren.

Charles Shaw

President, Shaw Lumber Company
B.A., Davidson College

Charles served as Clerk of Session and has been honored with Elder Emeritus in his Presbyterian Church. He is married to Mary; they have two grown children and three grandchildren.

T. D. Williams III, M.D.

Gastroenterologist
B.S., University of South Carolina
M.D., Medical University of South Carolina

Ted is a member of numerous medical and community boards, and serves as Chief of Staff of Tuomey Regional Medical Center in South, Carolina. He is married to Debby; they have two grown children.

History

Davidson Centre for the Professions was founded as the Davidson Clergy Center in 2003 by a dedicated group of directors who saw a need to build a program for wellness, revitalization, and a reminder of purpose and centering for clergy and church professionals. Co-founders George and Gordon Jacobs brought together an experienced and distinguished panel of counselors, consultants, health and wellness advocates, and spiritual directors to participate in and build a five-day program specifically for those who serve. The program has flourished and has served hundreds of national and international church professionals from many backgrounds.

In 2009, Davidson Clergy Center began development work with the Clergy Health Initiative and Duke Divinity School and expanded their services to include Health Coaching and seminar development for the Clergy Health Initiative. These programs were highly successful, and as development continued within the Clergy Center, an advisory committee came together in 2010 to discuss the expansion of the current clergy program to include those who serve in other professions.

During 2010, an advisory committee of accomplished business executives and consultants passionate about wellness in the workplace, came together to develop Davidson Centre for the Professions, serving those in the professions of law, ministry, medicine, and public service.  The Davidson Clergy Center Clergy Program will continue to serve clergy participants; other programs have been developed specifically for attorneys, physicians, public servants (military chaplains, NGO workers), as well as specially designed programs for other groups.  In addition, Davidson Centre is dedicated to assimilating the strongest panel of faculty, Professional Coaches, health and fitness consultants, spiritual directors, and administrators to deliver the most comprehensive, unique, and helpful experience available for participants in these professions.

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