Opening Convocation Speaker: Chip Edens '92
Rector of Christ Church Charlotte, NC
Chip Edens is the rector of Christ Episcopal Church, a 5600 member congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has spent the last 18 years working to revitalize large churches in an increasingly post-Christian context.
Chip is the moderator of the Faith Forum - a conversation about issues of faith and culture. Over the last number of years he has led conversations with thought leaders - New York Times bestselling authors, theologians, artists, business leaders, and politicians - exploring civic leadership, to health and wellness. These events draw an audience from around the region with between 400 to 1500 in attendance and are watched on the internet around the world.
In addition to his work in the church, Chip is committed to reaching leaders in other civic and cultural contexts. He engaged hundreds of leaders through his work with the Young President Organization and the World President Organization.
Chip is a 1992 graduate of Hamden-Sydney College and Yale Divinity School. At Yale Divinity School, Chip's focus was religious and philosophical ethics. He has studied organizational leadership at Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Wharton School. He has also studied at the Duke Center for Reconciliation and Justice.
He is a member of the board of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and The Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
Senior Class Speaker: Thad Shelly '75
Managing Director and Senior Advisor, Tiedemann Wealth Management, Jupiter, FL
With almost 30 years of investment experience, Mr. Shelly is Managing Director responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships and Senior Advisor for the Firm and its clients. Before joining Tiedemann in 2013, Mr. Shelly was a Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Wealth Management LLC where he was responsible for leading the firm's efforts in working with wealthy family groups and individual investors in the management of their investable assets. Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Shelly was a Senior Managing Director at Bessemer Trust, overseeing client acquisition and account management for their Delaware Trust Company, Mid-Atlantic, South and Southeast regions. Before assuming his regional management responsibilities, Mr. Shelly successfully managed Bessemer's Washington, D.C. office while overseeing the firm's Equity Risk Management advisory services. Prior to joining Bessemer in 1998, Mr. Shelly was the Founder and Director of Private Client Services at Legg Mason from 1992 to 1998. He began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1984 to 1992 where he provided investment advisory and brokerage services to institutional and wealthy individual investors. He is also a member of The Florida Council of 100, a business leadership organization of CEOs.
Junior Class Speaker: Tulane Patterson ‘78
Founder and author, Lynchburg, VA
Mr. Tulane Patterson is a native of Lynchburg and a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, class of 1978. He also holds an MBA from Lynchburg College. In 1998, Mr. Patterson founded Generation Solutions, a home retirement and health care service company in Lynchburg and in Roanoke. Following that , he founded Generation Home Medical in 2005 and the Covenant Foundation, now Centra PACE, in 2001. Last year, he founded Christian Health Outreach, a not for profit third world health care health education ministry. Mr. Patterson has authored over a dozen published articles and two books and has served on the boards of several civic organizations such as the Lynchburg Kiwanis Club, the Free Clinic of Central Virginia, and the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of commerce. He is married with four daughters.
Sophomore Class Speaker: Andy Freitas '92
President and Owner, Colonel's Limited LLC, Vienna, VA
Upon graduation from Hampden-Sydney, Mr. Freitas and his father Bill, who had just retired from the military (his last position being that of Chief of Conventional War Plans J7 Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War), became the first Papa John's franchisees in the Washington, D.C. area in Sterling, VA. Over the last 19 years, Mr. Freitas and his father have become one of the most successful Papa John's franchises in the world, while operating in one of the country's most competitive markets. Mr. Freitas operates 55 stores in the Greater D.C. metro area and was named the National Franchisee of the Year in 2009 and became one of only five franchisees to be inducted into the Papa John's Hall of Fame in 2013.
Freshman Class Speaker: Tim Fitzpatrick '81
Director of Athletics, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT
Tim Fitzpatrick just completed his third academic year as Director of Athletics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Under Fitzpatrick's guidance, the department produced its first-ever women's professional development seminar (the Women's LeadHERship Symposium) for female USCGA athletic staff members as well as attendees from colleges and universities throughout New England, and has launched an external program for sale of corporate sponsorships and partnerships.
A 1981 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a bachelor's degree in English, Fitzpatrick earned his master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1982. His successful 30+ year athletic administration career began at the Virginia Commonwealth and has taken him all over the United States including University of North Texas, University of Pittsburg, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, U.S. Military Academy, Indiana University, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Tim is married to Kerry Marks, and they have a son, James.