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Norton Board

History & Mission

The mission of the Norton Board is to:

  • Connect the college to the community, its people, and its needs;
  • Connect the community to the college, its students, and its mission;
  • Combine the academic, liberal arts experience with practical impacts in the real world; and
  • Provide a conduit to prepare and mentor students for engagement, service, and leadership.

The Norton Board of Advisors was established in 1974 to honor the memory of Edward Lee Norton by providing in perpetuity a forum for mixing the academic and theoretical wisdom of the college with the practical advice of the Birmingham business and professional communities . At first a small group of business professionals organized to mentor a fledgling business program, the Norton Board has since matured as a larger and more representative body.

In the fall of 1989, BSC reorganized its Edward Lee Norton Board of Advisors for Management and Professional Education. Leaders in health, law, business, government, and service now come together on a regular basis to hear about all segments of college life and to respond to the needs of the College’s most important constituents: its students.

During the summer of 2013, the College restructured and rejuvenated the Norton Board to provide mentoring and internship opportunities to all BSC students. Student needs define the organization and activities of the board, which is comprised of 250 professional men and women committed to preparing the professionals of tomorrow for their contributions to our ever changing world.