The Hodges University Foundation has announced several changes to its Board. Former Board Secretary Michael London will now serve as Chairman, and Barbara Burris will assume duties as Secretary. London replaces Jerry Nichols, whose term as Chair expired at the end of 2008. Nichols remains with the Board, assuming a role on its investment committee.
“Jerry Nichols brought an incredible degree of energy and commitment to his role as Chair, and his passion for Hodges University has been an invaluable asset to the growth of our Foundation,” said Dr. Lou Traina, Executive Director of the Foundation and Vice President of University Advancement.
“Mike London’s leadership in industry and philanthropy is unprecedented. He will provide a vision for the Foundation and a plan that will grow the culture of positive change here at Hodges as well as the funds of the Foundation. Mike will play a prominent role in securing the future of Hodges University.”
London retired in 2006 from Best Buy as Executive Vice President of Global Sourcing. He had also served Best Buy as Executive Vice President of Merchandise and of Customer Centricity. Since retiring, London has been a consultant for various retail concerns. Mr. London has a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University.
“I am both honored and excited to serve on the Foundation Board,” said London. “I’m looking forward to working for what I consider to be the pre-eminent institution of higher education in our area.”
Burris, a former clinical social worker, has been with Hodges’ Foundation Board since 2006. She currently heads up the Jerry & Barbara Burris Foundation, awarding scholarships to single-parent students.
“It is a privilege to work with Hodges University,” said Burris. “They do so much in the community for working students. I was married with children when I attended college, which is why I value the way Hodges meets the needs of students with life responsibilities.”
The mission of the Hodges University Foundation is to grow leadership and philanthropy in order to fulfill the needs of the individual and community by providing financial support for scholarships, faculty and staff development, technology, capital needs and other University initiatives. Currently, the Foundation is working to generate scholarship support for returning veterans.