By Bill Giduz
John W. Chidsey III, Class of 1983, will serve as the next chair of the Davidson College Board of Trustees. At an October meeting, Chidsey was elected unanimously to a four-year term, beginning in January. Chidsey has served as a board member since 2005 and as a member of the executive, athletics policy, and academic and educational policy committees.
Chidsey began his career as an investment banker, but decided to enter the corporate world. He worked for Pepsico, served as chair and chief executive officer for two corporate divisions of the Cendant Corporation, and was executive chair and CEO of the Burger King Corporation. He is currently a director and member of the Audit Committee for HealthSouth Corporation and for Norwegian Cruise Lines. He also serves on the board of Camillus House, dedicated to addressing men’s homelessness.
Graduating from Davidson with a B.A. in history, Chidsey attended graduate school at Emory University, earning an M.B.A. degree in finance and accounting and a J.D. degree in 1987. He is also a registered CPA and member of the Georgia Bar Association.
Chidsey and his wife Lisa Robinson Chidsey, also an `83 grad, have been strongly committed to Davidson since graduation. Together, they provided the naming gift for the college’s Chidsey Center for Leadership Development, which was created in 2007. The Chidsey program is focused on developing leaders who will make a powerful impact and exemplify Davidson values such as honor, service and respect for the dignity and worth of all people. The center sponsors a Chidsey Fellows Program, a leadership lecture series, and an annual retreat encouraging students to explore leadership strategies.
The couple live in Coral Gables, Fla., and have one son and one daughter.