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Leadership at Birmingham-Southern

Leadership at Birmingham-Southern

President Flaherty-Goldsmith

Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith was appointed the 15th president of Birmingham-Southern College on June 10, 2016. Flaherty-Goldsmith came to BSC with many years of senior leadership experience in higher education, having serviced as vice president for finance and administration for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, vice chancellor for financial affairs for the University of Alabama System, and vice president and chief operating officer for the University of Connecticut.

Since her arrival at BSC, the college has launched more than half a dozen new academic majors, distinctions, and other programs; completed articulation agreements with community colleges to ensure access to BSC for transfer students; launched the Bridge to the Future initiative; begun the Western Area Initiative to strengthen and work with Birmingham-Southern’s adjacent neighborhoods; and more.

She first began working for Birmingham-Southern College as a consultant to the Board of Trustees in 2010. After Gen. Charles C. Krulak was appointed the college's 13th president, she transitioned to the role of Chief of Staff. She served in that position until May of 2013; upon her departure, the Birmingham-Southern College faculty awarded her the honorary degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters.

While at Birmingham-Southern, Flaherty-Goldsmith ably led a team of administrators, faculty, and staff working toward the college's 10-year re-accreditation; the college completed the review with no recommendations from its accrediting agency. She also founded BSC's popular Panther Partnerships mentoring program, which pairs juniors with a professional mentor and offers regular seminars in everything from career development to professional etiquette.

Flaherty-Goldsmith has also worked as a pro bono consultant with Human Rights First to create, implement, and advance an international campaign designed to disrupt the business of human trafficking. She is passionate about the need to end trafficking and speaks frequently on the subject.
Flaherty-Goldsmith graduated with a BS in Business from the University of Alabama and received her MBA with an emphasis in finance from UAB. She has a long history of community service, including as a member of the board of the National Collegiate Housing Foundation, the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, the UA Women's Leadership Initiative; and the YouthServe Leadership Board. She is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and Leadership Birmingham and was named one of Birmingham's Top Ten Women by Birmingham Business Magazine.


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    Board of Trustees

    Mr. T. Morris Hackney
    Jefferson Giles Investments

    Dr. Bruce Irwin
    Owner and Founder American Family Care

    Clay C. Long Attorney (Retired)

    Jane P. McDonald

    John James (Jamey) McMahon, III
    Principal ALG Labels & Graphics

    Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett
    Bishop North Alabama Conference The United Methodist Church

    James E. (Jim) Pierce

    Rev. R. Steven Reneau

    Bruce F. Rogers

    George B. Salem

    Rev. David Saliba

    Scott Y. Selman

    Thomas E. (Tommy) Sisson

    David M. Smith

    James T. Stephens

    Kevin Richard Stump Sr.

    Dr. John Kevin Tucker

    Chad S. Wachter

    Dr. Andrew R. Wolfe

    Richard B. Yeilding

    DeLynn M. Zell

    Dan Anderson
    Diversified Supply

    John B. Barnett, III Sr.
    VP Personal Trust Manager Trustmark Wealth Management

    Brooke Tanner
    Battle Founder Swell Fundraising

    Derry Bunting

    Rev. Dale Cohen
    Canterbury United Methodist Church

    Carl E. Crosby
    Executive Vice President BBVA/Compass Bank

    Robert Mack (Bob) Dixon, Jr.
    President M. C. Dixon Lumber Co., Inc.

    Jack W. (Trey) Echols, III
    President and CEO Highland Associates

    Walter B. (Wally) Evans
    President Cahaba Media Group

    Mr. Denson N. Franklin, III
    Partner Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings LLP

    Williams (Will) Goodwyn, Jr.
    Vice Chairman, Chief Administrative Officer Coca Cola Bottling Company

    Bishop David Graves
    Alabama-West Florida Conference The United Methodist Church

    Dr. Samuel Eugene Gray

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    Senior Team


    Hannah Wolfson
    Director of Communications

    Sara Newhouse
    VP of Admission and Financial Aid

    David Eberhardt
    VP of Student Development

    Anthony Hambey
    VP of Information Technology


    Dr. Bradley Caskey
    Provost and VP of Academic Affairs

    Dr. Tim Smith
    Associate Provost

    Lane Estes
    Chief of Staff and VP for Community Initiatives

    Eli Phillips
    CFO and VP of Finance

    Virgina Gilbert Loftin
    VP of Advancement and Communications