New Trustees Elected to Agnes Scott Board

Monday, July 22, 2013

Agnes Scott College has elected four new members to its Board of Trustees—Ron Alston, Loucy T. Hay ’87, Margaret McCray-Finke ’89 and John Swallow. The college’s 30-member board is chaired by Clyde Tuggle, senior vice president and chief public affairs and communications officer at The Coca-Cola Company, with Portia O. Morrison ’66, Senior Counsel of DLA Piper in Chicago, Ill., serving as vice chair.

Ron Alston is first vice president of the not-for-profit and government banking group at SunTrust Bank. Since joining SunTrust in 1987, Alston has served in many leadership positions including managing director of corporate and investment banking and vice president and manager of the credit department at SunTrust. Alston received his M.B.A in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. in business administration from Northeastern University. He serves on the board of directors for United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and on the board of trustees of The Decatur-DeKalb YMCA and is chair-elect of Leadership DeKalb.

Loucy Tittle Hay is an active community volunteer in Covington, Ga. She received her B.A. in economics from Agnes Scott in 1987. Hay founded Merryvale Assisted Living in 1996 and served as CEO until its sale in 2003. She has chaired the boards of Newton Medical Center Auxiliary and the Covington-Newton County YMCA and was founding chairperson for the Newton County Foundation for Academic Excellence. Her family includes several Agnes Scott alumnae, including her grandmother and sisters. Her father, W.G. Tittle Jr., of Nashville, Ga., is a trustee emeritus of the college.

Margaret (Molly) McCray-Finke graduated from Agnes Scott in 1989 with a B.A. in international relations. Following graduation, McCray-Finke began a career in symphony orchestra management that spanned a decade. She held positions at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra where she headed the Artistic Department and was in charge of producing and programming concerts. An active volunteer with Young President's Organization (YPO) and the Graland Country Day School, she resides with her family in Denver, Colo.

John Swallow is provost and chief operating officer of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. Prior to 2011, he was on the faculty of Davidson College, serving as Faculty Vice-Chair and Kimbrough Professor of Mathematics and Humanities. Swallow earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University and his B.A. in English literature and mathematics at University of the South. He has served as associate editor of the American Mathematical Society’s Notices and on the Board of Representatives for Budapest Semesters in Mathematics and the executive committee of the Mathematical Association of America.

Two trustees completed their terms on the board this June: James E. Love III, president and COO of Printpack, Inc., and Jeanne Kaufmann Manning ’72, a family philanthropist and active volunteer with Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation and the St. Simons Land Trust.

The board provides strategic leadership to Agnes Scott College, which was recently recognized as one of the “best and most interesting schools in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges and as a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholarship winners by the U.S. Institute for International Education. Board Chair Clyde Tuggle, along with Trustees Elizabeth “Beth” Daniel Holder ’82 and Elizabeth “Libby” Rhett Jones ’73 serve as national co-chairs of the college’s The Greatness Before Us comprehensive campaign, which has raised over $67 million to date toward a goal of $100 million by 2016.  

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.