The Belhaven University Board of Trustees has elected new members Rev. Scott Castleman, Tray Hairston, and J. Wilbourn Vise.
Castleman (Class of ‘98) is the Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs. He graduated from Belhaven with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies in 1998. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and is completing his Doctorate of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary. Castleman is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He has served as the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs, since 2009. He and his Rebecca have three children; a daughter, Tyler, and to sons, Ebenezer and Tate.
Hairston is an attorney at law and member of Butler Snow LLP’s Public Finance, Tax Incentives and Credit Markets Group. He concentrates his practice on public finance and economic development matters. Tray received his undergraduate degree from Tougaloo College, his MBA from Belhaven University and his Juris Doctor from the Mississippi College School of Law.
Prior to his legal career, Hairston served as counsel and economic development policy advisor to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. He was also a member of the Business Development Division at the Mississippi Development Authority.
He regularly publishes scholarly legal articles, with his most recently published paper titled The Future of Economic Development, (2017). Hairston has also served as a lecturer at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi in the school’s Masters of Economic Development Program. He has also served as an adjunct law professor at the Mississippi College School of Law.
Vise, an attorney at law for Massey, Higginbotham, & Vise, P.A., has extensive litigation experience in business and commercial disputes, bad-faith insurance law, insurance coverage and claims, contract disputes, personal injury claims, defective product claims, will contests and disputes, trust litigation, landowner liability, and chemical exposure claims.
While at Tulane University, he earned a Certificate in Environmental Law, served on the Environmental Law Journal, participated in the Environmental Law Clinic, and was a member of the Environmental Law Society. Vise is a member of the Hinds County Bar Association and the Mississippi Bar Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Inn Serve Corporation, a privately-owned Mississippi based hospitality company, and he also serves as President of Inn Serve’s Florida and Alabama Division.
Vise serves as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Jackson. He has been active as an adult leader with the Boy Scouts of America, serves on the board of First Presbyterian Day School, and has served on the boards of other non-profit entities that serve the local community. Will and his wife, Heather, have three children, Jay, Campbell, and Healy.
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