Board of Directors

The board of Watkins College of Art includes many luminaries in the arts, business, and philanthropy ecosystems—all of whom are passionate about the quality of the work being done at the college.

Board of Trustees


Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr. (Chair)
Taylor H. Henry (Secretary/Treasurer)


Susan A. Basham
Brownlee O. Currey, Jr.
Walter Knestrick


Beth Scott Clayton Amos
Emme Nelson Baxter
Lynn Bennett
Joan Cheek
James H. Clayton III
Stephanie Conner
Ron Davis
Dee Doochin
Mignon Francois
Donna Glassford
Brooke Porter Hawkins
Mary J. Hawkins
Robert M. Hebert, Jr.
Anna Jaap
James R. Kelley
Kristin Laine
Carol L. McCoy
Eileen N. McGinn
Laurence M. (Larry) Papel
Paul Polycarpou
Richard Rhoda
Samantha Saturn
Steve Sirls
John M. Steele
Pam Thomas
Laura Turner
William (Bill) Warfield
Waddell H. Wright

Trustees Emeriti

Ward DeWitt, Jr.
Ralph T. Glassford
Lee Ann Hawkins
Lucille Nabors
Paulette Whitworth

Ex Officio

J. Kline, PhD, President, Watkins College of Art
Bill Haslam, Governor, State of Tennessee
Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General, State of Tennessee