Executives in Residence 

The Wall College of Business Administration maintains an Executive in Residence (XIR) program for the mutual benefit of its business students, faculty, and the executives who comprise the program. By encouraging a confluence of theory, best practice, and real-world experience, the Wall College gives students, faculty, and executives a window into their counterparts’ respective worlds. This multifaceted perspective guides career choices for students, content choices for faculty, and expectations for our executives.

Executives are appointed for a rolling two-year period. An appointment entails service as varied as panels on current topics, presentations on areas of expertise, brown-bag lunches, involvement with project planning, and “mentoring” and critiquing group work which is typical of high-level undergraduate courses and the MBA program.

Our Executives in Residence 

Tom Birmingham is a TechCXO Partner leading the human capital practice. He brings a proven track record of selling and successfully implementing Talent Acquisition solutions globally that drive organizational growth and the required people to support it.

In past senior management roles with Tracepoint Consulting, Korn/Ferry Futurestep, SAP America, Digital Equipment, and Cullinet Software, Birmingham has proven to be an innovative human capital management “thought leader” and trusted adviser to technology executives and private equity investors within the software and services industry. He has personally designed and led workforce staffing and transformation projects affecting the hiring, optimization, and retention of hundreds/thousands of employees with recognized companies such as SAP America, Siebel Systems, Digital Equipment Corporation, Cullinet Software, the Coca-Cola Company, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Merrill Boyce has a Master of International Business from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He has held domestic and international management positions within the pharmaceutical industry, including the Bayer Corporation and CSL Ltd. He is currently the chief executive in residence at the Wall College of Business Administration.

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Before joining CCU, David Doerring held responsible management positions at AVX Corporation and NCR in South Carolina.  Doerring holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of International Business (MIBS) from the University of South Carolina and has been a member of the board of directors of the Horry County United Way since 2008.

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Dick Drass graduated from West Point with an engineering degree. After 35 years of diverse industry experience, he switched careers and added six years of teaching experience at Marshall University in West Virginia before joining the business faculty at CCU. He and his wife, Dee, have two children and five grandchildren. They reside in Conway, S.C.

Dale Duncan is an adviser and special counsel with more than 25 years of experience in structuring business, financial, and real estate ventures including complex debt restructuring and loan workouts. He has assisted in the acquisition, reorganization, development, and sale of extensive real estate assets and loan portfolios.  He has worked with the FDIC, Resolution Trust Corporation, and the Office of Thrift Supervision in the acquisition and sale of distressed properties, loan portfolios, and financial institutions.

Barry Dykes has been president of Windward Advisors in Myrtle Beach since 2009. He holds a Master of Business Administration in health care administration from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has held responsible positions in medical facilities and healthcare organizations on both coasts since 1975, most recently as president and CEO of Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J.

David Fink has held increasingly responsible executive positions in the pharmaceutical industry. He continues his relationship with the industry as a consultant to significant pharmaceutical clients. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Radford University. 

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Peter Gasca is the co-founder and CEO of Wild Creations, a specialty toy and gift developer that was recognized in 2010 as the fastest-growing company in South Carolina and one of the top 500 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. by Inc Magazine. Gasca was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas in 2010 and 2011. Before pursuing his entrepreneurial passion, he was a business and economic development consultant, working for several years on the USAID Enterprise Development Project in Central Asia.  He received his MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC with an emphasis in finance and strategy, and his Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., with an emphasis in construction management.

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Kathryn Hoyns earned a Bachelor of Arts and an MBA from Loyola College in Baltimore, Md. She was employed for 27 years at AT&T in the System Equipment Engineering Center. She moved from Maryland to Pawleys Island in 1993; she is married with four children.

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Batt Humphreys is a former CBS News executive with 20 years of experience in network television. As an executive producer, he was recruited and returned to CBS News to take over The Early Show in 2011, during a period of transition, and tasked with turning a broadcast and staff towards a new editorial focus. He spearheaded the editorial rebranding of a broadcast described in the press for decades as, “the perennial third-place morning show”, in short months bringing attention and rare positive press from both the New York Times and The National Journal. He also held oversight duties as senior director of standards for CBS News, which included contact and editorial review of all network broadcast levels. During that period he wrote the network policy on social media and worked on both network, corporate, and affiliate levels to engage in discussion on the consistency of standards on all reporting platforms. 

 As an executive, producer, and reporter during a career that spanned three decades he began the network coverage of events the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and has engaged in the coverage of wars, elections, hurricanes, disasters, and occasional stories that lifted the human spirit. 

His passion for the pursuit of a good story has also led to consulting and working with clients in businesses as varied as tech startups, film, consumer products, and high-profile trials. With each, he excels in developing the message to attract the media. His work with and development of network talent offers a deep wealth of experience in preparing clients for their appearance before the camera. This engagement with business leaders has inspired a whole new endeavor to raise the profile of those who take risks, and by so doing keep American enterprise alive. 

Humphreys is also a published author. His first novel, Dead Weight, was the recipient of numerous awards. His second, Path to Glory, is planned for publication soon. He and his wife, Laura, live on their farm in South Carolina with a varying population of horses, dogs and cats.

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Henry Jobe grew up in Greensboro, N.C. He graduated with a degree in economics from Guilford College and received his MBA from the University of South Carolina Graduate School of Business.

After graduation, he joined Dillard Paper Company, headquartered in Greensboro, which is the Southeastern/Mid-Atlantic distributor of paper, packaging, and allied products. Jobe then transferred to Dillard Paper’s Charlotte division to establish a sales promotion function for North Carolina and South Carolina markets. During the next five years, he established sales promotion functions in many other Dillard territories as sales promotion manager.  He quickly began working his way up in the company, becoming the assistant to the vice president of purchases.  In 1976, he became the vice president of purchases, was elected to the Board of Directors in 1977, and in 1987 was elected president of Dillard Paper.  In 1991, Dillard Paper became part of International Paper. One year later, Jobe moved to Cincinnati as the vice president of marketing and acquisitions where he established the worldwide headquarters for xpedx, the ‘IP Distribution Business.’ He became the vice president of purchasing and acquisitions in 1997.  

After many years as a successful businessman, Jobe retired in July 2001 at Litchfield-By-The-Sea in Pawleys Island. He now serves on the Wall Fellows Board and teaches several segments of the Wall Fellow classes.

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Robert Lane is an experienced senior executive successful at building and leading high-performing businesses with revenues above $1.5 billion. Lane is the CEO of Lane Leadership Group LLC, a diversified consulting company that specializes in executive coaching and professional development for C-suite executives, middle managers, and graduate students, along with financial services consulting for start-ups, distressed banks, and other service-related companies. Lane has also held several different executive-level positions at banks and other financial institutions. He received his bachelor's degree in history at Elon University, his Master of Arts in European economic history from the University of North Carolina, and his Master of Business Administration from Duke University. 

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W. Wilson Lowery Jr. spent 30 years with IBM in various positions, including chairman of IBM global financing and vice president of organizational restructuring. Following retirement, Lowery was asked by the director of the FBI to lead the administrative divisions and functions as well as restructuring the bureau into a more efficient organization. He is also the founder and senior executive of WLLP Capital, a financial management and re-engineering consulting firm. Lowery is also the former executive chairman of DataPath Inc. in Duluth, Ga., a provider of satellite communication hardware and software solutions for commercial and military applications. He serves on the advisory board of H/2 Capital in Stamford, Conn.

Mark Perry is a public company accounting and finance officer for the telecommunications, hi-tech, and entertainment industries. Most recently, he served as the interim controller or CFO for companies in transition; he is a CPA by training.

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Mike Schroll is the owner of CoworkMYR and Cocelerator, Myrtle Beach's first coworking space and startup accelerator. Schroll received a bachelor's degree in applied networking systems administration from Rochester Institute of Technology and a master's in engineering management from Tufts University. He has worked in the internet field for the past 15 years, the most recent five in web-based startups. He and his wife moved from Boston to Myrtle Beach in 2012.

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Steven Sisney earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School and has extensive general management experience. He has a successful record of leading change and performance improvement over a broad range of international businesses. His experience includes serving as president of Cooper Industries’ Crouse-Hinds Division as well as president of Cooper’s Tool & Hardware Group.  He has also served as the president and chief executive officer of two private equity-backed business-service firms.

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Harold Stowe received a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce from Washington and Lee University in 1968 and an MBA in finance from Harvard Business School in 1970.

Stowe began his career as vice president of the North Carolina National Bank in Charlotte. After seven years with the bank, he moved to Fort Mill, S.C., and became treasurer of Springs Industries Inc.  He then became the managing partner of Springfield Associates in Charlotte from 1980-1981 and then executive vice president of The Springs Company in Lancaster, S.C., in 1982. Seven years later, he began working with Canal Industries and affiliated companies and worked his way from executive vice president to president and chief executive officer of the company. After working several years in the business world, Stowe moved into the education sector and became the acting dean of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business at Coastal Carolina University from 2006-2007. He is currently the Principle of Stowe-Monier Management, LLC.

Outside of the work, Stowe is a member of many profit and nonprofit boards, including SCANA Corporation, The Jackson Companies, Sea Mist Advisory Board of Directors, Canal Holdings, and Ruddick Corporation. He is also chairman of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, chairman of the Smith Medical Clinic, and he serves on the Wall College of Business Board of Visitors executive committee and is chairman of the Wall Fellows Board.

He is married to Claudia Stowe, and they have three children and two grandchildren.

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Nicholas W. Twigg is a Professor Emeritus at Coastal Carolina University who earned his Doctorate in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University in 2004 and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1995. He earned a B.S. and A.A. from the University of the State of New York in 1985 and 1983, respectively.

Twigg entered academia after a highly successful career as a Quality Manager for large, high-energy physics projects for the Department of Energy. Prior to working on large physics programs, he served 22 years in the United States Navy mainly in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program. While in the U.S. Navy, he was involved with building a dual-reactor cruiser, refueling an eight-reactor aircraft carrier, major overhauls of cruisers, and shore-based reactor plants, and developing curricula for an Electronics Technician Maintenance School and running a Career Programs Training School for professional counselors.

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