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Mars Hill University Announces New Trustees

Mhu New TrusteesFour new members joined the Mars Hill University Board of Trustees for 2017. Their four-year terms began January 1.

Mary Dawson, M.D., is a family physician at Mountain Magnolia Family Practice in Abingdon, Virginia. A member of the Mars Hill class of 2001, she received her medical degree from East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine. With her husband, Brian, also a doctor, she founded the international aid organization Choose A Need. The Dawsons were selected as Alumni of the Year by Mars Hill in 2010. They have two children and live in Abingdon.

Bill Murdock is the co-founder and CEO of Eblen Charities and the Eblen Center for Social Enterprise in Asheville, North Carolina, whose partnerships and programs assist tens of thousands of families annually throughout Western North Carolina. He is a 1984 graduate of Mars Hill's adult education program, and was named an Alumnus of the Year in 2011. Murdock formerly served the institution as a member of the board of advisors. He has been named an outstanding scholar in social enterprise by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge England, and is the author of several books. Murdock is married and lives in Arden, North Carolina.

Jeremy Pressley, a 2000 Mars Hill alumnus, owns the Pressley Group Allstate Insurance in Waynesville, North Carolina. While a student, Pressley was a member of the golf team. Before joining the board of trustees, he served on the board of advisors. Pressley and his wife have two children and live in Canton, North Carolina.

Mike Stephens of Greenville, South Carolina, is the retired president and CEO of Davis Electrical Contractors. He is a 1972 Mars Hill graduate, and has served two previous terms on the board of trustees. Stephens is married with three children.

The Mars Hill University Board of Trustees is the governing body of the institution. It approves all major policy decisions, adopts the official budgets of the university, and conducts other matters of university business. It is composed of 36 members who serve in staggered four-year terms.