St. Luke’s Hospital welcomes new board member

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017


St. Luke’s Hospital welcomes William P. Jenks to serve a three-year term on the board of trustees. A resident of Tryon since 1994, Jenks retired from Owens Corning after 32 years of service in sales and marketing and later, as the vice president and general manager for the Trumbull Asphalt Division. He also served as a training consultant for the company.

Jenks has served numerous nonprofits in the area since retiring to Polk County. Among his many contributions to the local community, Jenks has been the president of the board of trustees for Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), president of Tryon Downtown Development Association, chairman of the board for Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, treasurer for Holy Cross Episcopal Church, and both the president and treasurer for Many Levels Property Owners Association.

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A native of Winnetka, Ill., Jenks is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and the Stanford Executive Master of Business Administration program. From 1957 to 1960, he served in the US Air Force as an air intelligence officer at Clark Air Base in the Philippines.

He and his wife Mary Clare have been married for 61 years and have three adult children, nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. When not doing community service, Jenks enjoys fly-fishing and golf.

“St. Luke’s Hospital is a major contributor to this area’s way of life and economic advancement,” Jenks said. “I consider it an honor to be asked to contribute to its success and good name. As a patient and interested citizen, I am impressed at the high quality of care that St. Luke’s Hospital provides. I look forward to doing whatever I can to contribute to the hospital’s future.”

Hospital CEO Jim Bross said, “We welcome Bill to the St. Luke’s Hospital Board of Trustees. Bill has contributed greatly to the Carolina Foothills’ quality of life through his community service. His experience and knowledge will be important to St. Luke’s as the hospital executes our plan for growth, with several projects in development. Our entire leadership team looks forward to working with him.”

A private, not-for-profit community hospital, St. Luke’s has served the healthcare needs of the citizens in the Carolina Foothills since 1929. For more information, please visit online or call 828-894-0972.

Submitted by Kathy Woodham