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Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith
The 15th President of Birmingham-Southern College

On June 10, 2016, Birmingham-Southern College announced Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith as its 15th president.Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith

Flaherty-Goldsmith brings many years of senior leadership experience in higher education to BSC, having served 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.

She 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.

Since 2013, Flaherty-Goldsmith has worked as a pro bono consultant with Human Rights First, a non-profit, nonpartisan human rights organization based in Washington, D.C., and New York, to create, implement, and advance an international campaign designed to disrupt the business of human trafficking. In this role, she has been a part of an effort to promote at the national level legislation addressing social issues and challenges that face higher education and society in general.

Before coming to BSC, she spent three years at the University of Connecticut, where she handled operations for seven campuses, including a health center and hospital. During her time there, she restructured architectural services, construction management, and financial reporting to support a $2 billion construction program. At the University of Alabama System, where she served five years as vice chancellor for financial affairs, she was responsible for the system-wide operating budget of $2 billion and worked closely with the system's chancellor and board to implement changes to the endowment that allowed it to substantially exceed market growth. At UAB, where she served for more than 13 years, she held several titles, eventually serving as CFO for a rapidly-growing research institution and managing an operating budget far greater than $1 billion.

She also taught leadership in the Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama from 1998-2000 before establishing a financial and organizational consulting practice that included clients from the private and public sectors.

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.