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Speakers and Honorary Degrees

Michelle “Mitsy” Mangum ’86

Mitsy Mangum

Mitsy Mangum

Mitsy Mangum is a financial advisor, retirement plan consultant, and wealth management specialist.  She joined Lakeview Capital Partners in 2015, where she serves as Managing Director.  She previously held leadership positions at American Capital Partners, MidSouth Capital, Raymond James, and Smith Barney.  

Mitsy has more than 30 years of industry experience as a financial advisor with roots in both trading and consulting for both individuals and institutions. Due to her trading background, she has extensive knowledge of the equity markets as well as the options markets. All of her life, she played sports including volleyball in college and multiple sports in high school. Sports have always been important to Mitsy, with valuable lessons learned such as how to be a team player and how to work together for the success of the team. She brings those learnings to her work, working with and listening to client needs while treating each client as the captain of the team. With previous experience at Smith Barney, she has found that working with Lakeview promotes a team environment (and there is no “I” in team). She finds that listening is the most important part of her job. Mitsy's quote to live by: “When you talk, you are repeating what you know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” – Dalai Lama XIV

William "Bill" Finn


Bill Finn

William A. “Bill” Finn has been an active member of the Charleston community for over four decades. Bill joined Asten Johnson in 1972, where he eventually became Chairman and CEO.  Bill was one of the first members of the School of Business Board of Governors, and in 2010, became actively invested in the Schottland Scholars program. Bill made hundreds of introductions to speakers and mentors, and used his long-list of contacts to find meaningful learning experiences for students.  What is most impressive is that Bill is always involved in initiatives that directly impact students, like the restructuring of the School of Business Student Success Center.

Bill Finn joined Asten, Inc. in 1972 and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 1984 and assumed the additional position of Chairman in 1994.  In 1999, he was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AstenJohnson, Inc.  On October 1, 2006, Finn retired as Chief Executive Officer but remains Chairman. AstenJohnson, Inc. serves the paper industry globally.  AstenJohnson was created in 1999 as a result of the merger of two well established family businesses (Asten founded in 1885 and JWI founded in 1790). Its products are sold in over 50 countries primarily to the paper industry. It has operations in five states, two Canadian provinces, Belgium, the Czech Republic and China.  AstenJohnson's Corporate Headquarters have been in Charleston, South Carolina, since 1986. 

In 1998, Finn received the Milliken Medal of Quality from the South Carolina Quality Forum for his leadership, innovation and achievements.

Finn currently serves as a Vice Chairman of Santee Cooper (South Carolina Public Service Authority) and a director of Seaman Corporation Wooster, OH and Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.(NYSE).  He has always been active in his community and he is currently a Board member of the SCETV Endowment, recently Chairman of Trident United Way and serves on the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness.

He is a past member of the Palmetto Business Forum.  Finn is a member and Past Chairman of the Board of Governors for the School of Business of the College of Charleston and the Charleston Regional Development Authority.  Mr. Finn has also been active in manufacturing issues locally and statewide and was Past Chairman of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. Finn also serves as a trustee of  Philadelphia University.

He is a member of the World Presidents' Organization and the Chief Executives Organization. Finn received a bachelor's degree in Textile Engineering from the Philadelphia University and a Master's Degree in Textile Engineering from the Institute of Textile Technology.  He is also a graduate of the President's Program at Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Prudence, reside in Charleston.


Speakers for the 2020 Commencement Ceremonies are forthcoming. 

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