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June 25, 2004

Birmingham-Southern elects new chairman, four members to its Board of Trustees

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—James T. Stephens of Birmingham, president and chairman of EBSCO Industries Inc., is the new chairman of the Birmingham-Southern College Board of Trustees.

Stephens, who most recently was vice chairman of the board, replaces W. Michael Atchison of Birmingham, senior partner and attorney with Starnes and Atchison and a 1965 BSC graduate, who completed a three-year term as chairman. Atchison was elected to serve as chairman of the board's Executive Committee for the next year and also to life membership on the board.

Stephens, who holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard University, joined the Board of Trustees in 1989.

Donald M. James of Birmingham, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Vulcan Materials Co., was elected vice chairman of the BSC Board of Trustees. Katherine M. McTyeire of Birmingham, president and chief executive officer of Iron Art Inc. and a 1941 BSC graduate, was re-elected secretary.

New BSC trustees are: Catherine Sloss Crenshaw of Birmingham, president of Sloss Real Estate; H. Craft O'Neal of Birmingham, senior vice president of sales, purchasing, and product development for O'Neal Steel Inc.; Rev. Dr. Andrew R. Wolfe of Birmingham, senior pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church; and Rev. Paul D. Wolfe of Mobile, senior minister of Ashland Place United Methodist Church.

The new bishop of the Birmingham Area of the United Methodist Church will fill the remaining position on the board when that person is appointed by the church in July.

Crenshaw received a bachelor's degree in English from Wofford College and attended the University of Madrid, Spain. Her multidisciplined real estate firm focuses on commercial and residential urban development and is a major contributor to the growth and development of Birmingham's city center and surrounding neighborhoods. She is on the boards of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Leadership Birmingham.

O'Neal is a 1984 graduate of Birmingham-Southern with a bachelor's degree in business and economics. After joining O'Neal Steel following graduation from BSC, he held various positions of increasing responsibility with company offices in Atlanta, Houston, and Birmingham, before assuming his current position in 2003. He is a Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Trustee and on the board of the Emmet O'Neal Library.

Andrew Wolfe is a 1970 graduate of Birmingham-Southern with a bachelor's degree in religion. He also holds a master of divinity degree from Vanderbilt University and a doctor of ministry degree from Emory University. He has held pastorships at Methodist churches in Irondale, Athens, Huntsville, and Birmingham, and was elected to serve as a delegate to both the General and Jurisdictional conferences of the church in 2000 and 2004.

Paul Wolfe received a bachelor's degree from Livingston University (now the University of West Alabama) and a master of divinity degree from Emory University. He has pastored Methodist congregations in Pensacola, Milton, and Fort Walton Beach in Florida, and served as superintendent of both the Mobile and Greenville districts of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is a member of the board of the United Methodist Church Children's Home.

The elections were made at the annual spring meeting of the Board of Trustees in May and were approved at the June annual conferences of the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida conferences of the United Methodist Church.

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