FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 8, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College Chancellor Dr. Neal R. Berte and his wife, Anne Berte, will be honored with the dedication of a local street near the college's campus on Nov. 14. The ceremony, sponsored by the Bush Hills Neighborhood Association, will take place at 2 p.m. inside the gate at the old entrance to the college on 8th Avenue West.
The Bush Hills Neighborhood Association voted to honor the Bertes with the street dedication, with full support from the city of Birmingham. The ceremony will include a gathering of local city officials and college spokespersons to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of the honorees for the neighborhood and the city.
Speaking at the ceremony will be Mayor Bernard Kincaid, Birmingham City Council President Lee Loder, BSC President Dr. David Pollick, and a representative from the Bush Hills Neighborhood Association. BSC Dean of Chapel Stewart Jackson will deliver the invocation.
Berte retired as president of BSC June 30, 2004, but has continued to assist the college in his role as chancellor. He had led the institution since February 1976 and oversaw tremendous progress and growth at Birmingham-Southern over those nearly three decades.
In addition to his dedicated service to the college, Berte has led much community outreach over the years promoting development in the western area of Birmingham. Most recently, he was announced as one of two recipients of the 2005 Alabama Humanities Award by the Alabama Humanities Foundation recognizing him for exemplary contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of humanities in this state. Also, in September he was elected chairman of the board of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute by the board of directors, and will serve a one-year term.
For more information, contact Bush Hills Neighborhood Association President Alma Dennis at 780-6109.