Founders Council

The Founders Council originated July 1, 2021, after a merge of the Foundation Board and the Board of Visitors. The group exists to aid, foster, and promote the growth, progress and general welfare of Methodist University, Cumberland County, North Carolina; and in particular, to promote and provide resources and financial support for the University. It stems from a tradition of local support older than the school itself. Before the then-named Methodist College opened in 1960, community leaders gathered pledges and donations from the local community for a small, private, liberal arts college to be built in Fayetteville. In 1956, the Fayetteville College Foundation pledged to raise an annual contribution of $50,000.

Council members are individuals who believe in Methodist University and are willing to support and advance the mission of the University.

Founders Council Members (2023-24)


President: Kim Hasty, Class of 2025
Vice President: Mitch Guy, Class of 2025
Secretary: Tara Hinton, Class of 2025

Executive Committee (includes positions above):

Nicole Stiff, Class of 2022

Class of 2024

James Ammons ’17, Cape Fear Regional Theatre
Summer Berry, BC Sales Group
Kevin Dennison ’95, Fayetteville Academy/Carolina Snoballs
Ryan Johnson, Cumberland Appraisal Service, Inc.
Chaka Jordan, Cape Fear Valley Hospital
Michael Koonce, John Allen Shoes
Michael Leechford, Powers-Swain Chevrolet
Chip Lewis, Lewis Family Dentistry
Philip Mullen ’74, Retired
Alex Townsend, Townsend Real Estate

Class of 2025

Jackson Bingham ’19, Woodpeckers
Robert Brickey, LPL Financial
Jaron Cayton ’14, TeamLogicIT
Myers Coggin, Stay-at-home dad
Kevin Coleman, Cumberland County Schools
Mitch Guy, Southern Trust Mortgage
Kim Hasty, Freelance writer and editor
Tara Hinton, ServiceSource
Rosemary McLean, Cross Creek Early College
Starsky Norman, Norman Showcase Academy
Zach Pritchett, Systel
Nicole Stiff, PWC

Class of 2026

Katy Lollis, Beasley
Andrew Henrickson, Dogwood State Bank
Cody Hopper, Chick-Fil-A
Jack McGinley, Truist
Lachelle Pulliam, City of Fayetteville Attorney
Zach St. Peter, US Logoworks

Note: The numeral indicates number of terms served.