FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2002
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.