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Echols is new vice president for business and finance at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Longtime higher education and state government administrator Dr. Wayne Echols of Birmingham is the new vice president for business and finance at Birmingham-Southern College.

Currently the assistant to the president and director of state and community relations at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Echols will assume his new duties April 1, 2002.

The Tuscaloosa native will serve as Birmingham-Southern's chief business and finance officer and play a key role in developing innovative financial strategies to meet the college's future resource needs, said BSC President Dr. Neal R. Berte in making the announcement after a national search.

"Wayne has valuable experience in higher education administration, particularly in the areas of fiscal management, business affairs, and strategic planning, and we look forward to his leading Birmingham-Southern's efforts in these areas," Berte said.

Echols' responsibilities will include the college's accounting operations, budgeting, strategic planning, investment management, purchasing, physical plant, auxiliary services, construction, campus safety and security, and administrative information systems.

He joined UAB in 1988 as director of administrative affairs for the School of Dentistry, and in 1992, he became assistant vice president for health affairs and the principal administrator to the institution's Executive Council for Medical Care. He assumed his current duties in 1996.

Echols also has served as director of program evaluation for the state's Legislative Fiscal Office, as director of planning and budget development for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, and as assistant to the governor of Alabama from 1979-81.

At UAB, he is an adjunct professor of government and public policy in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a member of several advisory and planning committees. He is a member of the Birmingham/Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee, a founding board member of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, and is active in Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church.

He received his bachelor's degree in political science/history, his master's in higher education administration, and his Ed.D. in higher education administration, all from the University of Alabama.

Echols replaces Johnny A. Johnson, who died last November. Johnson held the position for 13 years.


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