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New members elected to Appalachian State University Foundation Board

BOONE—Thomas E. “Ted” Chandler Jr. of Burlington, Livian L. Jones of Wilmington and Jeffrey A. Shepard of Hilton Head Island, S.C., have been elected to a four-year term on the board of directors of the Appalachian State University Foundation Inc. David C. Whilden of Asheville has been appointed to a two-year term.

“The Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors helps ensure that contributions made to the university create the best possible learning environment for our students,” said Dan R. Williams of Salisbury, who was elected to a one-year term as chairman of the board. “We have an incredibly talented and dedicated group of board members currently serving and I look forward to working with them and especially our new members in the years to come.”

Chandler is president and CEO of Chandler Concrete Company. Jones is vice president of John S. Clark Company, LLC. Shepard is the former president and CEO of Footstar. Whilden is senior trust officer of Boys Arnold & Company.

Chandler graduated from Appalachian in 1982 with a bachelor of science in business administration degree in finance and management in 1982. He is a former member of the university’s Alumni Leadership Committee.

Chandler is the past president of Alamance Community College Foundation, vice president and board member of Boy Scouts of America-Old NC Council, board member of Alamance Regional Medical Center Inc. and chairman of Alamance Community College Foundation’s investment committee.

Jones is a North Carolina licensed general contractor. She graduated from Appalachian in 1987 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.  She earned a master of business administration degree from UNC Wilmington in 1995.

While a student at Appalachian, Jones was president of the Criminal Justice Club, an undergraduate research assistant, and a member of the intramural basketball team.

Jones serves on the N.C. Economic Developers Association, the N.C. Office and Industrial Parks Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.  She is the campaign chair of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors.

Shepard graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1972 with a bachelor of science degree in marketing. He earned a master of business administration degree from Anna Maria College in 1978.

Shepard is a past chair of the Business Advisory Council  in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business.  He is also a member of the board at Standard Holding Corporation and Vindex Capital.  Previously, he served as vice chairman of Ramapo College’s Board of Trustees and is a past member of the Ramapo College Board of Governors.  Shepard also has served as vice chairman of Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA).

Whilden is a member of Appalachian’s Parents Association Board of Directors.  He also is chairman of the board of directors of the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community and serves on The Trust Education Foundation at Campbell University.  Whilden previously was a member and past president of the Memory Care Board of Directors, and a former member of the Asheville Arts Council Board of Directors, the Junior Achievement of Western Carolina Board of Directors, and United Way of Buncombe County.

He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Campbell University School of Law.

Created in 1970, the Appalachian State University Foundation Inc. receives and invests private funds to support the university. Its mission is to create the best possible learning environment for Appalachian students by funding scholarships and programs and providing other resources.

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