Board of Trustees

Allen Bell

Mr. W. Allen Bell

Mr. W. Allen Bell is the executive director of the Atlanta Resource Foundation and a current resident of Atlanta, Georgia. He attends Atlanta’s Buckhead Church. His other interests include parenting teenagers and hunting quail, pheasant, and duck. Mr. Bell serves on the college’s Foundation Board.

David Bruce

Dr. David Bruce

Dr. David Bruce is executive assistant to the Reverend Billy Graham, and is president of Blue Ridge Broadcasting of Asheville, North Carolina. David currently resides in Black Mountain, North Carolina with his wife Kerri and daughter, Rachel. He is a member of the Boards of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. David, Kerri and Rachel are members of Lake Hills Church in Candler, North Carolina. He serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Montreat College.

David Bruce

Dr. William E. Dudley

Rev. Dr. William E. Dudley is a current resident of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, and pastor emeritus at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. Dr. Dudley also serves as executive pastor for ChristChurch Presbyterian in Dalton, Georgia, and is stated clerk for the Presbytery of the Southeast (EPC). He previously served on the Montreat College Board of Trustees from 1996-2006 and 2007-2016, before re-joining the board in 2017. Dr. Dudley enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, mentoring, and visiting Montreat.

Howard Edington

Rev. Dr. J. Howard Edington

Rev. Dr. J. Howard Edington is an author and former senior minister of the 6,000-member First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Dr. Edington previously served on the Montreat College Board of Trustees from 1991-2003 and as board chair from 1995-2002, before re-joining the board in 2017. He and his wife, Trisha, now live full-time in their home on Greybeard Trail in Montreat. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.

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Ms. K. Anne Gant

Ms. Katherine “Anne” Gant is a former administrator and instructor at Montreat College. Her mother, Rose Ann Gant, served on the Montreat College Board of Trustees for over a decade. Ms. Gant lives in Burlington, North Carolina, and also owns a home in Montreat. She attends Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, and serves on the board of the Alamance County Historical Museum. Ms. Gant’s other interests include crafting stained glass and wild flowering with her mother.

William Haynes

Mr. William B. Haynes

Mr. William B. Haynes ’85 is the founder and head brewer at Rail Line Brewing in Simpsonville, South Carolina, and a current resident of Greer, South Carolina. He attends Simpsonville’s Holy Cross Episcopal Church, is a Rotary Club member, and is a former missionary with YWAM. His other interests include travel, technology, health and fitness, and missions. Mr. Haynes also serves on the college’s Foundation Board.

Jeff Heck

Dr. Jeffery E. Heck

Dr. Jeffery E. Heck is the president and CEO of the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, North Carolina. Dr. Heck is a professor of family medicine with UNC-Chapel Hill and associate dean for the Asheville campus of the UNC School of Medicine, which he founded in 2008. He currently serves on five regional or national boards. Dr. Heck and his wife, Cathy, have five children and 10 grandchildren.

Ned Kiser

Mr. Ned J. Kiser

Mr. Ned Kiser is principal of Ned J. Kiser Consulting, Inc., through which he is coordinating Montreat College’s facilities master planning process. He previously served as vice president for advancement at Huntington University in Indiana, where he led the University’s first major capital campaign—achieving commitments of more than $50 million. Mr. Kiser worked for 21 years in the electronics industry as an engineer and in various management roles. He and his wife, Robin, live in Lake Lure, N.C.

Robert P. Klepper

Mr. Robert P. Klepper

Mr. Robert P. Klepper is the global chief underwriting officer for property, energy and construction risks at AXA XL Insurance, with his office based in New York City. Bob holds an engineering degree from Clemson University and resides in Fletcher, NC with his wife Lisa and their four children. He is a member of Central United Methodist Church in Asheville, where he and his family remain active in various global missions projects. His interests include fishing, skiing and adventure travel.

Beau Moffatt

Mr. Richard B. Moffatt III

Mr. Richard B. “Beau” Moffatt III ’02 is a web design and digital marketing consultant for Open Sky Web Studio and co-owner of Daisy Moffatt Photography. He and his family reside in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and are members at Calvary Chapel, Chattanooga. His other interests include distance running and stand up paddle-boarding. Mr. Moffatt is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees and also serves on the college’s Foundation Board.

Ben Scott

Mr. H. Benjamin Scott, Jr.

Mr. H. Benjamin  Scott, Jr. is the vice president of global product marketing for Carlson Wagonlit Travel and a current resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a deacon at Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, Minnesota, and active Boy Scout leader. Ben has an MBA from the University of Memphis and two degrees from Rhodes College. His interests include running, hiking, canoeing, and camping. Mr. Scott also serves as chair of the college’s Foundation Board.

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Mrs. Suzanne Ross Sloan

Mrs. Suzanne Sloan resides in Montreat, North Carolina. She is a member of Christ Community Church (EPC) in Montreat and is a retired elder of the PCUSA church. She is also a past president of the Women of the Church (PCUSA) and served on the Missions Committee of the PCUSA. She serves on the board of directors for Bible Study Fellowship International. Her other interests include her two children and four grandchildren, bridge, walking, and the Montreat community.

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Mr. Bill Shipley

Mr. Bill Shipley is a former businessman who was involved with the founding of several companies such as Shipley Enterprises, Inc., Incon-Therapy, American Direct Response Corporation, Cordura Marketing Inc., National Liberty Marketing, and Baker, Rakich, Shipley and Politzer, Inc. He also served as the president for many of these companies. Mr. Shipley began his career in 1954 and rose from salesman to become the youngest national sales/marketing manager in Procter & Gamble’s history. He has served on boards of various organizations which include Fuller Theological Seminary, Youth for Christ USA, Montreat-Anderson College, and the Board of Visitors at Davidson College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Mr. Shipley and his late wife Peggy were married for 61 years and together had four children. He now also has eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and currently lives in Charlotte where he is a Ruling Elder at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church.

Lynn Veerman

Ms. Lynne P. Veerman

Ms. Lynne P. Veerman is a retired office manager and bookkeeper and manages their family trusts. She is a current resident of Orlando, Florida. She has been an elder and mentor for young moms at First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, and is currently a welcome team member. She is also a member of the Homeowners Association Board in both Florida and Colorado and a tutor at Legends Academy and Frontline Outreach in Orlando. She previously served on the Montreat College Board of Trustees from 1995-2005 and 2006-2015 before re-joining the board in 2016. Her interests include gardening, golf, hiking, and biking. Lynne and her husband, Ralph, have four children and 10 grandchildren, including one married granddaughter, who are located in Florida, Virginia and Washington. Mrs. Veerman is currently the vice chair of the Board of Trustees.