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March 3, 2013

Birmingham-Southern announces new Chief of Staff

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Russell E. Appleton is the new Chief of Staff at Birmingham-Southern, replacing  Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith, who has moved into a special advisory role. Russell E. Appleton

Appleton, who joined the staff March 1, has served in a number of consulting roles to corporate executives, including 24/7 Customer in Bangalore, India, and Sallie Mae Corporation in Reston, Va. He most recently served as Vice President for Revenue and Business Development for SAFE Boats International and led the company's expansion into the Middle East and Central and South America.

Flaherty-Goldsmith will no longer be based at BSC full-time, but will continue to work with the college as Special Advisor to the President. In this role, she will be involved in specific initiatives such as fundraising, interaction with BSC's accrediting agency, and debt reduction. She will also work with Gen. Krulak and Appleton to ensure that the transition to a new Chief of Staff goes smoothly.

Flaherty-Goldsmith was named Chief of Staff in 2010 after stepping in to help the college as a consultant. Before that, she was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Connecticut; she has also been vice president of finance for the Unive's rights.

About Birmingham-Southern College:

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.