Retired Edgar S. Woolard, Jr. Chair in Corporate Governance and the Founding Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance
Charles M. Elson is the retired Edgar S. Woolard, Jr. Chair in Corporate Governance and the Founding Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is also "Consultant" to the law ﬁrm of Holland & Knight and Executive Editor-At-Large for DIRECTORS & BOARDS.
He formerly served as a Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida from 1990 until 2001. His ﬁelds of expertise include corporations, securities regulation and corporate governance. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia Law School, and has served as a law clerk to Judges J. Harvie Wilkinson III and Elbert Tuttle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, the Cornell Law School, and the University of Maryland School of Law, and was a Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the American Law Institute. In 2019 he was a Herbert Smith Freehills Fellow at Cambridge University.
Professor Elson has written extensively on the subject of boards of directors. He is a frequent contributor on corporate governance issues to various scholarly and popular publications. He served on the National Association of Corporate Directors' Commissions on Director Compensation, Director Professionalism, CEO Succession, Audit Committees, Strategic Planning, Director Evaluation, Risk Governance, Eﬀective Lead Director, Board Diversity, Talent Development, and Strategy Development and was a member of its Best Practices Council on Coping With Fraud and Other Illegal Activity. He served as well on that organization's Advisory Council. He was also a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
Additionally, Professor Elson served as an advisor and consultant to Towers Perrin, the international human resource management consultants, as as a director of Circon Corporation, a medical products maker, Sunbeam Corporation, the consumer products manufacturer, Nuevo Energy Company, an independent oil and natural gas producer, the Investor Responsibility Research Center, a non-proﬁt corporate governance research organization, Alderwoods Group, an international death care services provider, AutoZone, Inc. the national automobile parts retailer, and Bob Evans Farms, Inc, a restaurant and food products company.
He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of Encompass Health Corporation, a healthcare service provider and Blue Bell Creameries Inc., a food products manufacturer. He has served as a trustee of the Big Apple Circus, Talledega College, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, the Delaware Museum of Natural History, the Delaware Art Museum and the Museum of American Finance. He is presently a trustee of the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art and the Hagley Museum and Library. He has been included in the list of "100 most inﬂuential players in corporate governance" of DIRECTORSHIP, the "100 most inﬂuential people in ﬁnance" of TREASURY & RISK MANAGEMENT, the list of 10 governance "stars" of GLOBAL PROXY WATCH, and ETHISPHERE'S 100 Most Inﬂuential People in Business Ethics.