Campaign Leadership

Harris E. DeLoach, Jr.

Campaign Executive Committee Co-Chair

Harris E. DeLoach Jr., served as chairman and chief executive officer at Sonoco Products Co. before he retired in April 2013. He is Executive Chairman of Sonoco’s Board of Directors and a Trustee of The Duke Endowment.

DeLoach was raised in Columbia and received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina. After practicing law in Hartsville for 13 years, DeLoach began a career at Sonoco in 1986 when he was named vice president of administration and general counsel. After serving in leadership roles throughout the company, he joined Sonoco’s Board of Directors in 1998. He was named president and CEO in 2000, and was elected chairman of the board in 2005. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Progress Energy, Inc.; Goodrich Corp.; and Milliken & Co.

Bringing together stakeholders in private and public sectors, parents and community members, and educators at all levels, in 2011 under DeLoach’s leadership, Sonoco committed $5 million to establish PULSE, an innovative achievement program to support Hartsville students from kindergarten through high school graduation.

DeLoach has served as attorney for the City of Hartsville and as chairman of the Hartsville Rotary Club, Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce and Darlington County Bar Association. He was a member of the Darlington County School Board, the Bank of America Advisory Board (Hartsville) and he served on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Hartsville. The recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Coker College, DeLoach was chairman of Coker’s Board of Trustees and he received the college’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. In addition, he was chairman of the Thomas Hart Academy Board of Directors and the Byerly Hospital and Byerly Foundation Board of Trustees, and he is the past chairman of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and The Palmetto Business Forum.

Earlier this year, DeLoach was named the Will Woodham Business Person of the Year by the Hartsville Chamber of Commerce. DeLoach was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 2010 and was named Business Person of the Year in 2008 by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. His numerous honors include the Rotary Citizen of the Year Award, the Townes Award by South Carolina’s Governor’s School for Science and Math, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina Distinguished Alumni Award.

Howard Coker

Campaign Executive Committee Co-Chair

Howard Coker is Chair of the Coker College Board of Trustees and Executive Committee Co-Chair of Redefining Excellence: The Campaign for Coker Athletics and Residence Life.

Coker is vice president of Global Rigid Paper and Closures at Sonoco and serves on the company’s executive committee. Previously, he has held several leadership positions within the company, including division vice president and general manager, Sonoco Phoenix; director of sales and marketing, Rigid Paper and Plastics North America; and general manager, Rigid Paper and Plastics Asia/Pacific.

Coker is a graduate of Wofford College with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration. He also received an MBA from Wake Forest University.

Charles L. Sullivan, Jr.

Campaign Steering Committee Co-Chair

Charles Sullivan is a member of the Coker College Board of Trustees and Campaign Co-Chair of Redefining Excellence: The Campaign for Coker Athletics and Residence Life.

Sullivan served as an Executive Vice President of Sonoco Products Co. before he retired in 2010.  He had global operating responsibility for the Company's businesses serving consumer markets, including Sonoco’s rigid paper and plastic containers, flexible packaging, closures, Pack Centers, point-of-purchase and fulfillment, graphics management and laser-engraved printing cylinders. He also served as a member of the Company's executive committee.

In 2010 the Gravure Education Foundation and the Gravure Association of America honored Sullivan with the prestigious Gravure Person of the Year Award.

Sullivan joined Sonoco in 2000 after 19 years of service with Cargill, an international marketer and processor of agricultural, financial and industrial products, including positions as regional director of Cargill Asia/Pacific and as president of Cargill's Salt Division.

Since joining the Coker College Board of Trustees in 2002, Sullivan served as Vice Chair from 2002 to 2006 and as Chair from 2006-2010. He also served on the steering committee of the Gateway to the New Century Campaign, the College’s recent record-breaking capital campaign, which raised $24 million.  The fundraising effort enabled the college to make significant investments in the campus community, including the construction of the 40,000-square foot, $10 million Charles W. and Joan S. Coker Library-information Technology Center.  Millions of dollars from the campaign also went to improving academic programs, residence halls, and campus landscaping.

Especially active in the Hartsville, he has served a number of community organizations including as a member of the Board of Deacons at First Baptist Church and as president of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of the Upper Pee Dee. 

Sullivan received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Coker College in 2011.  He is married to Betty Young Sullivan, Coker College Class of ’71, who received Coker’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2009.  They have two children, Rosemary and Duncan, and four grandchildren.

Cindy Hartley

Campaign Steering Committee Co-Chair

Cindy Hartley is Vice Chair of the Coker College Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Redefining Excellence: The Campaign for Coker Athletics and Residence Life.

With more than 40 years of human resources management experience, Hartley retired as Sonoco’s senior vice President of human resources earlier this year.

While at Sonoco, Hartley was responsible for the company’s global human resources function.  Under her direction, the Sonoco was recognized three consecutive times by Fortune Magazine/Hewitt as one of the top 25 companies in North American for developing leaders.  She also chaired Sonoco’s Sustainability Council and in 2009 and 2010 Sonoco was selected as one of only three packaging companies globally to join the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

Prior to joining Sonoco, Hartley served as vice president of human resources for Dames and Moore, an international engineering and consulting company, headquartered in Los Angeles, and National Gypsum.Hartley has served on the SCBT Financial Corporation board of directors since 2011. In addition, she serves on the boards of The Preservation Society of Charleston and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Hartley holds a Bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University, a Master’s in organizational behavior from George Williams College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

She resides in Charleston, S.C., with her husband, George.

Campaign Steering Committee

  • Frank Avent, Major Gifts, Corporate (Florence, SC)
  • Don Amaral, Athletics, Corporate (Glenbrook, NV)
  • Dean Legge ‘99, Athletes, Young Alumni (Andrews, SC)
  • Hoyt Kelley, ’96, Athletes, Young Alumni (Mount Pleasant, SC)
  • Judy Southard, ’71, Athletes, Alumni (Beaufort, NC)
  • Jane Norwood, ’65, Major Gifts, Alumni (Charlotte, NC)
  • Will Carswell, Faculty and Staff (Hartsville, SC)
  • Jeff and Jeanne Yohn, Parents (Hillsborough, NC)