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May 13, 2010

Birmingham-Southern College to present Medal of Service to distinguished alumni

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Local attorneys and Birmingham-Southern alumni Edward L. Hardin and W. Michael Atchison will receive the Medal of Service during the college's 2010 Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 15, at 9 a.m. on the BSC campus. The two distinguished BSC alumni, both members of the college's Board of Trustees, will be recognized for their combined 93 years of service to Birmingham-Southern.

Edward L. Hardin and W. Michael Atchison Edward L. Hardin and W. Michael Atchison

The Medal of Service recognizes a significant commitment to Birmingham-Southern's mission, quality, and character, and is the highest form of recognition the college can confer next to the Honorary Degree.

In 2006, Hardin and Atchison answered the college's call to serve as co-chairs of the Destiny: Delivered comprehensive campaign. Since the public launch of the campaign in March 2008, they have traveled around the United States to meet with alumni and prospective donors, attended dozens of meetings, served as spokespersons for the college's fundraising efforts, and helped the $50 million first phase of the campaign come to a successful completion.

Hardin, a 1962 graduate of the college, is senior counsel at Birmingham law firm Burr & Forman. He joined the firm in 2008 after retiring from Caremark RX, where he served as a member of the board of directors and as executive vice president and general counsel. He previously served as senior trial counsel in the Birmingham law firm Hardin and Hawkins.

For more than 20 years, Hardin was special assistant attorney general and counsel for the Alabama Department of Public Safety. He is on the Woodrow Wilson Council, a special advisory group to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a founding member of the board of directors for both the American Sports Medicine Institute and Children of Slain Police Officers, and on the board of directors for Oasis Counseling for Women & Children. He earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Atchison, who graduated from Birmingham-Southern in 1965, also is senior counsel at Burr & Forman. He recently joined the firm after serving more than 35 years with Birmingham law firm Starnes & Atchison, where he was a founding partner, served as managing partner, and was a member of the firm's executive committee.

He was invited to join the Alabama Law Foundation's Fellows program, where membership is restricted to only one percent of lawyers in the state. Atchison has served as chair of the BSC Board of Trustees, president of the college's Alumni Association, and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the college in 2000. He is member of the Shades Valley Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Newcomen Society, Leadership Birmingham Class of 1995, and has served as a deacon at Independent Presbyterian Church. He earned his law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

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