Lewis J. (Jack) Alphin has served on Nationwide's board of directors since 1993. He also serves on the boards of other Nationwide companies and is past board chairman of Farmland Mutual Insurance Company (2004-2006).
Alphin owns and operates a 1,200-acre farm in Mt. Olive, N.C. He taught agriculture business at James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville, N.C., for more than 22 years before retiring in 1994.
He is the former board chairman of the Cape Fear Farm Credit Association, a member and former vice president, secretary/treasurer and director of the Duplin County Agribusiness Council, and a former board member of the Southern States Cooperative (1986 to 1993). Alphin is a member of the Duplin County Farm Bureau, the North Carolina Farm Bureau and the Farm Credit Council. He is a member and treasurer of the Oak Wolfe Fire Department and presently serves on the board of the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association.
A retired major in the North Carolina National Guard, he is a member of the U.S. and North Carolina national guard associations, the U.S. Reserve Officers Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He served in Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991.
Born in Duplin County, Alphin graduated from James Kenan High School in Warsaw, N.C., and obtained a degree in biological and agricultural engineering in 1971 from North Carolina State University. He is a Sunday school teacher and longtime member of Bethel United Methodist Church.