Advisory Board

The members of the Coleman Lew Advisory Board come from key positions in business and industry, education, finance, and health care. Each member was carefully selected to represent and partner with Coleman Lew + Associates for his extensive knowledge and experience. Their expertise and services help support the Coleman Lew team in conducting searches so we remain a multifaceted and adaptive firm for all industries.

John V. Griffith, Ph.D.

John’s 30-year career experience in higher education includes serving as dean of admissions and vice president for development at Davidson College and two presidencies: Lyon College (1989-1997) and Presbyterian College (1997-2012). During his presidencies, he launched major fundraising campaigns, negotiated unique programs with China, and oversaw the establishment of a doctoral program in pharmacy and the establishment of an NCAA Division I program.

He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the author of many articles on the intellectual development of college students. He serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards. He holds an undergraduate degree in religion from Dickinson College, an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD in high education/psychology from Syracuse University.

Leonard Kupersmith, Ph.D.

Leonard’s 44 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator include key leadership roles in independent schools. He is the current headmaster of Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, SC. Prior to this assignment, he was headmaster at Wichita Collegiate School and founding headmaster of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin, MO. He serves on several boards in the Greenville community and is active in the arts community. He earned an undergraduate degree in English from Brooklyn College and a PhD in English from Kansas State University.

James E. "Jim" Bostic, Jr.

Jim became affiliated with Coleman Lew in 2006 following his retirement from Georgia-Pacific Corporation after a 20-year career that included serving as president of two different operating divisions. Before joining Georgia-Pacific, he worked for Riegel Textile Corporation and the US Department of Agriculture, where he served as deputy assistant secretary.

Jim earned his undergraduate degree (with honors) and a PhD from Clemson University. Throughout his career, he has won many awards and appointments, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Clemson University and The Order of the Palmetto from the state of South Carolina. He also chaired the SC Commission of Higher Education and served on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the board of trustees at Clemson University. Jim currently serves on the board of trustees for Wofford College and has served on the boards of directors for Progress Energy, Inc. (now Duke Energy), the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, and ACT, Inc. He is also a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Jim and his wife have two grown children and live in Sandy Springs, GA.

Manning N. "Nick" Lomax

Nick began his career at Clemson University in 1966, and over the next 30 years, he served in a number of senior administrative positions including vice president for student affairs. In that role, he had additional responsibility for Clemson’s intercollegiate athletic program. He also served as vice president for administration and secretary of the board of trustees.

Following retirement from Clemson, Nick established a consulting practice in campus facility development. In 2005, while continuing his consulting work, he joined Coleman Lew + Associates as a partner and director. In 2014, he retired from Coleman Lew but remains on our Advisory Board. Nick holds a BS from Clemson and an honorary doctorate from Lander University.

He served two years on active duty in the US Army and retired from the US Army Reserve with the rank of Colonel in 1994. Nick has been active in profession and civic organizations throughout his career. He is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and has served on many area boards of directors including NationsBank, Anderson Area Medical Center, and Foothills Community Foundation. Nick and his wife have two grown children and live in Abbeville, SC.