Campus wide, Office of the President

Five new trustees join CSU Board of Trustees in January 

By Jan Joslin | January 31, 2024

Charleston Southern University is welcoming five new members to the Board of Trustees this month who will serve until December 2028. 

CSU President B. Keith Faulkner said, “We are delighted to welcome our new trustees and look forward to their assistance and leadership as we work together to prepare servant leaders to lead significant lives. Their expertise in business, education, and training Christian leaders will be an excellent asset for Charleston Southern.” 

Dr. Ryan Ashley ’06 BS, ’09 MEd in secondary administration, is principal of Kennedy Middle School in Aiken. He currently serves as president of the Rotary Club in Aiken and is a member of Millbrook Baptist Church. He is a member of the CSU Board of Visitors and previously served a term on the CSU Board of Trustees. 

Larry Driggers of Hanahan is a local business owner and has been active at CSU on the CSU Board of Visitors leadership council, the Buc Club, and as a former Board of Trustees member. He and his family established The Dorothy D. Driggers Endowed Scholarship at CSU, and he is a member of Highland Park Baptist Church. 

Rick Redden is a strategy consultant with The McNair Group. He is the retired division CEO for Wachovia/Wells Fargo, where he led the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states. Currently, he serves on the First Reliance Bank Board of Directors and the Appalachian State Business School Board. He is a member of The Church at Life Park and has been featured on the S.C. Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential list. He is a member of the CSU Board of Visitors and a former member of the CRDA Economic Leadership Council and the Clemson University Board of Visitors.

Tim Whitfield is a local business owner, former member of the CSU Board of Trustees, member of the CSU Legacy Society, and he and his family have been major donors to numerous Charleston Southern projects over the years. He administers the Whitfield Family Charitable Trust and is a member of Grace on the Ashley Baptist Church. 

Bobby Wood is pastor of Redemption Church in Ogden, Utah. He is also the Send Network Director for the North American Mission Board. He is originally from Summerville and routinely speaks at CSU Chapel and many other CSU events.


Related Stories

The cockpit of a small plane. South Carolina’s only collegiate Aeronautics program coming to CSU

South Carolina’s only collegiate Aeronautics pro...

South Carolina is one of only two states without a collegiate aeronautics progra...

| READ MORE: South Carolina’s only collegiate Aeronautics program coming to CSU
Matthew Swingle plays the organ in Lightsey Chapel to test the pipes. Staff, students restore Chapel organ; fully functional first time in 29 years

Staff, students restore Chapel organ; fully functi...

When the first notes from the organ in Lightsey Chapel sound at the HSM Faculty ...

| READ MORE: Staff, students restore Chapel organ; fully functional first time in 29 years