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June 27, 2011

Local business leaders named to entrepreneurship advisory board at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Four local Birmingham business leaders have been named to the first Stump Advisory Board at Birmingham-Southern College.

The board provides oversight, advice, and expertise to the Kevin R. and Jane Templeton Stump Programs in Entrepreneurship at the college.

Members of the Stump Advisory Board are: James Childs, partner, chairman of the Venture Capital and Private Equity Team, and chairman of the Emerging Growth Companies Team of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP; Colin Coyne, managing principal of The Coyne Group and recent winner of the $50,000 top prize in the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s Prize2theFuture contest to transform a parking lot next to Railroad Park; Steve Dauphin, partner at Murphree Ventures, Bonaventure Capital, and Fidelis Capital, and advisor to Kirchner Food Security Group; and Benny LaRussa Jr., president of Sterling Capital Management and general partner of Azalea Capital.

Also on the board are BSC business faculty members Dr. Byron Chew, Bernard A. Monaghan Professor of Management; and Dr. Bert Morrow, associate professor of business administration. 

Kevin Stump, founder and chairman of Interconn Resources Inc., also is a member of the advisory board.  He and his wife, Jane Templeton Stump, endowed the Stump Programs at Birmingham-Southern in 2009.

The purpose of the Stump Programs is to encourage and support the study of entrepreneurship at BSC.  Among the program’s initiatives are scholarships for entering BSC students who require financial assistance and have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit through their work inside and outside the classroom, grants for qualified students in their sophomore to senior years who have an entrepreneurial idea and business plan for starting a for-profit business, student internships in the Birmingham community, a lecture series, and forums and roundtables for faculty, advisers, students, alumni, and business leaders to discuss entrepreneurship.

Dr. Sara Robicheaux, dean of business programs at BSC, serves as director of the Stump Programs in Entrepreneurship.

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