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May 21, 2008

Regions CEO Dowd Ritter is new chair of Birmingham-Southern

College's Board of Trustees

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—C. Dowd Ritter, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Regions Financial Corporation, has been elected as the new chair of Birmingham-Southern College's Board of Trustees.

The 1969 Birmingham-Southern economics graduate assumes his new duties July 1.  He will replace current chair Carl Bailey, retired president of BellSouth Telecommunications and a life member of the BSC Board of Trustees.

Ritter has been a member of the Birmingham-Southern Board of Trustees since 1995.  In 2003, he and his wife, Susan, also a 1969 BSC graduate, established the C. Dowd Ritter Professorship in Economics at the college.  The Birmingham native also is a graduate of the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University.

“We are always proud when our alumni continue to support and care for their alma mater throughout their lives,” said BSC President Dr. David Pollick.  “As graduates, Dowd and Susan have always held Birmingham-Southern in a special place within their hearts.  Dowd's willingness to assume this critical leadership role during an era of such extraordinary growth and excitement in the college's history is further testimony to the contributions the institution has made to both of their lives.  We are very grateful.”

Pollick also expressed gratitude to outgoing chair Bailey, who has been serving on the board since 1985.

“Carl Bailey has served and supported this institution in so many ways for over three decades,” Pollick noted.  “He never hesitated when he was called upon to serve as chair of the Board of Trustees, and his leadership and contributions were immeasurable.”

Dr. Wayne W. Killion Jr., president and chief executive officer of Shook and Fletcher Insulation Co. in Birmingham, was elected as vice chair of the board for the coming year.  Killion received his bachelor's degree in biology in 1972 and his Master of Arts in Public and Private Management in 1996, both from Birmingham-Southern.  He joined the board in 2000.  Killion and his wife, Sandra, established the Wayne W. Killion Jr. Scholarship at BSC to support pre-med students.

Killion, who received a doctor of medicine from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1975, was vice president of medical affairs at St. Vincent's Hospital from 1995-99, before entering private business.

James T. Stephens, chairman of EBSCO Industries Inc. and a past chair of the BSC Board of Trustees, was re-elected as chair of the board's Executive Committee.  Stephens received his bachelor's degree in history from Yale University in 1961 and his MBA from Harvard University in 1964.  He is a life member of the board.

Denson N. Franklin III, a partner with Bradley Arant Rose and White LLP, was re-elected secretary of the board.  Franklin is a 1985 BSC political science and history graduate and received his juris doctor from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1988.  He joined the BSC Board of Trustees in 2006.

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