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In Birmingham-Southern’s 160-year history, some things have not changed: a commitment to educate bright students from Alabama and beyond in the best of the liberal arts tradition; devotion to the best-quality teaching faculty; and a residential educational experience designed to develop young men and women into people who lead lives of significance. But as we embark on our second 100 years on the Hilltop, BSC has new leadership and a new vision that will allow it to not just endure, but grow and excel in a changing higher education landscape. To tradition, we are adding innovation.

Thus, BSC is embarking on an initiative to raise $30 million over the next three years and to grow enrollment to 1,600 students by 2020.

Bridge to the Future will allow the college to introduce new academic programs, increase enrollment, and reinvest in the local community. Hatton Smith and Liz Featheringill Pharo ’00, both members of the BSC Board of Trustees, are serving as volunteer co-chairs of the initiative.

The college has received a $2 million lead gift to kick off the effort from Jim and Tammy Pierce of Destin, Fla. Jim Pierce, a member of the BSC Board of Trustees and 1974 alumnus, earned an MBA from the Wharton School, and is an investor, board member, and has held multiple executive positions at Isagenix, a fast-growing health and wellness company.

Increasing access to
BSC's quality liberal
arts education
Partnering with
alumni and friends to
enhance the student
Engaging in the large
community to make a
better world






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Or, contact the Office of Advancement at
900 Arkadelphia Road
Box 549003
Birmingham, Alabama 35254
(800) 523-5793, extension 4909 (toll-free)
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Colleges That Change Lives includes BSC as one of just 40 colleges nationwide (and the only one in Alabama) that are "outdoing the Ivy League schools and the major universities in producing winners."








The 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges named BSC one of less than 50 "best buy" schools, calling it "a good choice for students who want to make a difference in the world."





Forbes magazine ranks BSC as one of the top 100 colleges in the country for private donations and gifts per student, its measure of return on investment.