Upstate Forever

Board of Directors & Advisory Council

Advisory Council

Dr. Robert Becker

Director, Strom Thurmond Institute, Clemson University


Dr. Juan A. Brown

Retired physician and community leader, Anderson, SC


Dan Burden

Executive Director, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute


John Frampton

Former Director, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources


Vince Graham

Founder and President, I’On Group


George Dean Johnson, Jr.

Founder and Chairman, Johnson Development Associates


John Knott

President and Co-founder, Noisette Company


John Lane 

Professor of English and Director of Glendale Shoals Environmental Studies Center, Wofford College


Dr. Drew Lanham 

Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources, Clemson University


Patrick McMillan

Host, SCETV’s Expeditions with Patrick McMillan and Curator, Campbell Museum of Natural History, Clemson University


Scott Montgomery

CEO, Southern Mulch Company


Nell Newman

Co-founder and President, Newman’s Own Organics


Mike Nicklas

Principal, Innovative Design


Carlton Owen

US Endowment for Forestry & Communities


Sue Priester

President, The Priester Foundation


Dick Riley

Former South Carolina Governor and Former US Secretary of Education


Dr. David E. Shi 

Former President, Furman University


Gus Speth 

Dean, Vermont Law School


Bill Workman

Former Mayor, City of Greenville


Neal Workman

Chairman, Trehel Corporation

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