Upstate Forever

Board of Directors & Advisory Council

Upstate Forever's Board Diversity Statement

Upstate Forever recognizes and embraces the benefits of having a diverse board of directors. The board sees increasing diversity at the board level as an essential element in supporting the attainment of its strategic plan. Diversity factors including (but not limited to) gender, race, age, cultural background, skills, and professional experience are of importance in board development. All board appointments are based on meritocracy, and candidates are considered against objective criteria, having due regard for the benefits of diversity on the board.


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


Johnny Hagins

Of Counsel, Covington, Patrick, Hagins, Stern & Lewis, LLC;  Former member of the SC House of Representatives & House Judiciary Committee


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



Retired President of The Palmetto Bank


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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