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August 7, 2002

Boardroom named in honor of longtime Birmingham-Southern professor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Dr. E. Byron Chew, Bernard A. Monaghan Professor of Management at Birmingham-Southern College, has been recognized with the naming of a state-of-the-art executive boardroom at the college.

The E. Byron Chew Executive Conference Room in the Harbert Building was made possible through a contribution from Birmingham's Energen Corp. to recognize Chew's role as a consultant in advising and facilitating the company's strategic planning. Mike Warren, president and chief executive officer of Energen and a member of the college's Board of Trustees, and his wife, Anne, also made a personal gift to the room. Chew and his wife, Stanlee, made contributions toward the room in honor of their parents, the Ernest B. Chew and Joseph S. Chandler families.

Chew said that the purpose of the room is to give a corporate boardroom feel to students in BSC's Master of Arts in Public and Private Management program without them having to leave campus. He said MPPM students use the Chew Conference Room to make their final presentations to faculty and to corporate executives brought to campus.

"It brings the professional environment in which these students will work some day into our arena on campus so that we don't have to take them off campus to find that environment," explained Chew, who was dean partner of the college's Division of Business and Graduate Programs for the past six years. He joined the BSC faculty in 1974.

Among the technology incorporated into the room is an interactive SMART Board, an oral presentation tool found in many corporate boardroom settings.


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