Hugh Durden was born in Gadsden, Alabama, and raised in Marietta, Georgia. Upon graduating from Princeton University in 1965, he was commissioned into the U.S. Navy. He spent five years as a naval aviator, including flight duty in Vietnam. Following his military service, he earned an MBA degree from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business in 1972.
Mr. Durden was elected an individual Trustee and Chairman of the Trust in 2005. He became a Trustee of the Alfred I. duPont Testamentary Trust in 1997 as a Representative of the Corporate Trustee (Wachovia Bank) and was elected to the Board of Directors of The Nemours Foundation in
Mr. Durden retired as President of Wachovia Corporate Services in 2001. He joined Wachovia Bank in 1972 after business school and remained there throughout his business career, serving in leadership positions in North Carolina and Georgia.
He remains active in several non-profit organizations and serves as a director of the St. Joe Company, a director of Camp Boggy Creek, Inc., Web.com, and Chairman of the Investment for the EARTH of the EARTH University Foundation in Costa Rica.