Paul graduated Cum Laude from Davidson College, earned a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of Chicago and Masters in Business Administration  from Emory University.  He also received honorary doctorate degrees from Queens University and Davidson College. He served seven years as a Presbyterian minister. First at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte and then lead a non-traditional church in Catawba Presbytery, also in Charlotte focusing on community action and service. He left the ministry and moved into non-for profit housing before being recruited by the John Crosland Company, largest privately held homebuilder in the southeast.  He became president of the company in 1984 and was Executive Vice President with Centex Corporation when it purchased the Crosland Company. After retiring from Centex, he was elected to the Board of Habitat for Humanity International and served as Chairman for two years.  In June 2004 he was employed as the interim CEO of Habitat.  He has served as a trustee for Davidson College and Pfeiffer University. In 2022 he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Crosland Interest, LLC and as a director on the Board of Crowder Construction.  He also serves on the Davidson Community Foundation Board. He and his wife of 62 years, Judy have lived at the Pines for 5 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren and are expecting their first great grandchild in the spring of 2022.