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June 6, 2006

Birmingham-Southern names new vice president for administration, research, and planning

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Terry J. van der Werff, doctor of philosophy and certified management consultant, has become the new vice president for administration, research, and planning at Birmingham-Southern College.

“He is particularly well suited to the tasks and challenges that stand before us,” said BSC President Dr. G. David Pollick in making the announcement.  “I'm very excited that Dr. van der Werff has decided to join the Birmingham-Southern community.”

Van der Werff has been president and CEO of van der Werff Global, Ltd. since 1991.  His firm, based in Seattle, Wash. and Devon, Pa., advises corporate leaders on strategies for their future.  He has consulted with leaders worldwide in 25 industries, served as a speaker and corporate retreat leader, and has written more than 200 articles on global trends and strategic change for “Washington CEO” magazine and other publications.

Prior to founding his own firm, van der Werff served as executive vice president for academic affairs at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia; dean of science and engineering at Seattle University; chief biomedical engineer with appointments on the Faculties of Medicine, Science and Engineering at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town, South Africa; visiting assistant professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Pulmonary Research Lab at the University of Colorado Medical Center; assistant professor of mechanical engineering, physiology and biophysics, and clinical sciences at Colorado State University; and staff engineer on the Technical Staff of the Managing Director at ARO, Inc. in Tullahoma, Tenn.

He has two degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Oxford University, and a certificate from the Kolbe School of Theology in Cape Town, South Africa.


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