2 Sumterites elected to Morris board of trustees



The Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina, during its 142nd-annual session, elected two Sumterites as the newest members of the Morris College Board of Trustees. Kenney Wyndell Rose and James V. "Ted" Wilson were elected at the convention's board meeting on May 7.

Dr. Rose, a former director of the Counseling and Testing Center at Morris College, is a 35-year veteran in administration, education and counseling of colleges, universities and the public schools of South Carolina. A 1985 graduate of Morris College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, he holds a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from South Carolina State University and a doctorate in Education and Administration with two interdisciplinary areas of Religious Studies and Counseling/Psychology Education from the Union Institute University.

Rose has served as director of Guidance at Crestwood High School, a guidance counselor at Sumter County Adult Education Center and an adjunct professor in the Education Division at South Carolina State University. He is also the senior pastor and founder of the United Bible Way Church of Lancaster Inc.

Dr. Wilson majored in elementary education at Morris College and later worked as a teacher in the Orangeburg County School District. After changing his career as a classroom teacher, he became an agent at Interstate Life Insurance Co. where he excelled in leadership. In 1981, he opened his own agency, Wilson and Associates, during a time in which blacks providing financial services were few and far between. He went on to graduate from the American College of Life Underwriters in Advanced Business. Today, he is the founder and CEO of Universal Benefits Marketing Firm Inc. This multi-billion dollar corporation is the third largest, independently owned final expense marketing firm in the country and employs 25 in-office staff members, as well as 1,500 active independent field agents along the East Coast and throughout the country.

Wilson also provides untold assistance through charitable gifts made possible through the LouVon Foundation, a charitable trust named in honor of his late mother and sister. The Ted Wilson Foundation was also founded to continue his charitable works.

Trustees elected to the board are eligible to serve three three-year terms.