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Board of Trustees welcomes new members

Winter/Spring 2014 : Liberty University News Service

Nine new members were elected to Liberty University’s Board of Trustees for three-year terms:

Will Graham (’97), who works with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as the executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center. He is the grandson of Billy Graham and the oldest son of Franklin Graham;

Steve Snyder (’82), a partner with Davis, Snyder & Williford, P.A. and the founder and president of Global Adapt, a nonprofit organization that provides training to mission agencies, international schools, and businesses;

Jeffrey (’83) and Gaye (Overton) Benson (’82), who met when they were students at Liberty. Jeffrey was a quarterback on the football team and earned a degree in business administration; Gaye earned a political science degree. Jeffrey is a partner in the Overton Family Partnership, which develops and manages commercial real estate, residential development, and home construction in the Tidewater region;

Anthony Beckles, Sr. (’83), who was a star track & field athlete at Liberty, where he earned a B.A. in accounting and a Master of Business Administration. He has served as Liberty’s vice president for finance and is currently chief financial officer for Lynchburg City Schools;

The Rev. Jason Suitt (’00), a teaching pastor at Living Word Baptist Church in Forest, Va. At age 36, he is the youngest member on the board. He earned his B.S. in biblical studies from Liberty and played on the baseball team. He went on to earn his Master of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary;

Glen Thomas and Jimmy Thomas, Jr. (’84), brothers who own RST Marketing in Forest, Va. Both attended Liberty. In 2009, Glen’s generous donation made it possible to open the Thomas Indoor Soccer Center at Liberty. The Thomases donated the former Lynchburg Inn and Conference Center (now the Residential Annex I) and have donated land on Young Place in Lynchburg for a new transportation center; and

Dr. Ronald S. Godwin, who has served the university and its related ministries for more than 20 years. He is currently the provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs.