Our Board of Directors


David S. Shields


Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina and Chair of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation and Head of the Slow Food Ark of Taste for the South, Dr. David Shields published his history of Lowcountry cuisine and agriculture,   Southern Provisions in 2015.  He is currently building a website surveying the most significant southern heirloom fruits, named Old Southern Orchards


Glenn F. Roberts 


As founder of Anson Mills, Glenn has been at the forefront of reestablishing Carolina Gold Rice as a viable Southern crop. He is  passionate about growing, harvesting, and milling other nearly extinct varieties of heirloom corn and wheat organically. When he sold all his worldly possessions and started Anson Mills back in 1998, Glenn envisioned recreating the Southern larder by bringing back ingredients that had vanished over time: grits, cornmeal, Carolina Gold rice, graham and biscuit flour. The Carolina Gold Foundation is an offshoot of Glenn's passionate curiosity for grains, agriculture, and history.   


Merle Shepard


Emeritus professor of Entomology with Clemson University, Dr. Shepard directed the graduate degree programs of 25 students.  He lived in southeast Asia for eight years as head of the Entomology Department of the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and as team leader for a project on integrated pest management in Indonesia. He has authored and/or co-authored over 150 publications and has published five books and numerous book chapters


Campbell D. Coxe


Campbell Coxe is a 5th generation farmer from the banks of the Pee Dee River located in Darlington, S.C. He lives there with his wife Meredith where they have raised two children, Cam Jr. and Hagood Coxe. Campbell is an amateur historian and wanted to preserve South Carolina's southern heritage of rice farming, which was once the state's major crop provider. In the mid-1990's he gave away the rice he grew as gifts to family members. Now, 20 years later Campbell is still passionate about making sure the consumer gets the most natural product he can provide.  Carolina Plantation Rice is in several restaurants and grocery stores throughout the United States making his sun up to sun down days all worth it.

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Charles H. Duell


Charles Duell is the president of the Middleton Place Foundation and the Middleton Inn Company. A plantation that once grew rice on the banks of the Ashley River, Middleton Place Plantation is located in Charleston, S.C. and hosts a yearly educational winnowing of the rice demonstration. 


Brian K. Ward, Ph. D. 


Brian K. Ward is a research scientist with Clemson Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston, S.C. He holds a bachelor’s in Environmental Biology from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Plant and Environmental Science from Clemson with a specialty in Horticulture. He has been conducting research in vegetable production for 21 years and grain and rice for 10. Brian specializes in increasing historically significant very rare seed for biosecurity and conducting organic research in legume, grain, and vegetable rotations. His main mission is to research cultural practices in agriculture that growers can adopt, leading ultimately to a dramatic increase in sustainable and organic acres across S.C.


Stephen Kresovich, Ph. D


Stephen Kresovich joined Clemson University in July 2013 as the Robert and Lois Coker Trustees Chair of Genetics in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry and the School of Agriculture, Forestry, and Environmental Sciences. In this role, Dr. Kresovich serves as director of the Clemson Institute of Translational Genetics and the Advanced Plant Technology Program.  Both initiatives are charged to integrate advances in genetics and genomics to solve problems in agriculture, the environment, and human health. 


Sarah Ross


Sarah Ross is the president of the Wormsloe Foundation and director of the Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History. She also serves on the faculty of the University of Georgia and as the of Director of the UGA Center for Research and Education at Wormsloe. WIEH, in partnership with UGA-CREW, is focused on the broad study of evolving land use on the Georgia coast and the resulting cultural adaptations. 


Amy Lawton-Rauh, Ph. D


At Clemson University, Amy Lawton-Rauh’s lab focuses on adaptive genomics of crops, crop wild relatives, and weedy species. Exploring these questions guides her in translating models into tools that improve how agriculture impacts food security, human health, and ecosystems impacted by production. She is an associate professor of genetics and biochemistry. 

Malcolm Rhodes, M.D.


Richard Schulze, Jr., M.D.


Richard D. Porcher, Ph. D


Max L Hill, III


Richard Schulze, Sr., M.D.