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May 19, 2004

Birmingham-Southern College to present three with honorary degrees

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern is presenting three individuals with honorary degrees at its annual Commencement ceremony May 29 in recognition of distinguished careers and service to the college.

H. Corbin Day, chairman of the executive committee of Jemison Investment Co. Inc.; Thomas H. Lowder, chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of Colonial Properties Trust; and C. Dowd Ritter, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of AmSouth Bancorporation will receive Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees at the 3:30 p.m. ceremony at Boutwell Auditorium in downtown Birmingham.

Day, who received a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's from the University of Pennsylvania, is a former partnerwith Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York City. He is a member of the Executive and Finance and Investment committees of Birmingham-Southern's Board of Trustees and is on the boards of the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Alabama Symphonic Association.


Lowder, who received a bachelor's degree from Auburn University and holds Certified Commercial Investment Member designation from the Realtors National Marketing Institute, serves on the Executive and Finance and Investment committees of BSC's Board of Trustees and is a co-chair of Phase II of the college's current 21st Century major gifts campaign. He is chairman of the board of Children's Hospital and was chairman of the 2001 United Way Campaign for Central Alabama.

Ritter, who received his bachelor's degree from Birmingham-Southern and is a graduate of the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University, is a member of the Executive Committee of BSC's Board of Trustees. In 1998, he was named CEO of the Year by The Birmingham News, and, in 1999, was honored as Humanitarian of the Year by the Alabama Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. He is on the boards of Leadership Birmingham and United Way of Central Alabama, serving as United Way general campaign chair in 1993.

 
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