Leadership at Birmingham-Southern
Leadership at Birmingham-Southern
Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith was appointed the 15th president of Birmingham-Southern College on June 10, 2016. Flaherty-Goldsmith came to BSC with many years of senior leadership experience in higher education, having serviced as vice president for finance and administration for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, vice chancellor for financial affairs for the University of Alabama System, and vice president and chief operating officer for the University of Connecticut.
Since her arrival at BSC, the college has launched more than half a dozen new academic majors, distinctions, and other programs; completed articulation agreements with community colleges to ensure access to BSC for transfer students; launched the Bridge to the Future initiative; begun the Western Area Initiative to strengthen and work with Birmingham-Southern’s adjacent neighborhoods; and more.
She first began working for Birmingham-Southern College as a consultant to the Board of Trustees in 2010. After Gen. Charles C. Krulak was appointed the college's 13th president, she transitioned to the role of Chief of Staff. She served in that position until May of 2013; upon her departure, the Birmingham-Southern College faculty awarded her the honorary degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters.
While at Birmingham-Southern, Flaherty-Goldsmith ably led a team of administrators, faculty, and staff working toward the college's 10-year re-accreditation; the college completed the review with no recommendations from its accrediting agency. She also founded BSC's popular Panther Partnerships mentoring program, which pairs juniors with a professional mentor and offers regular seminars in everything from career development to professional etiquette.
Flaherty-Goldsmith has also worked as a pro bono consultant with Human Rights First to create, implement, and advance an international campaign designed to disrupt the business of human trafficking. She is passionate about the need to end trafficking and speaks frequently on the subject.
Flaherty-Goldsmith graduated with a BS in Business from the University of Alabama and received her MBA with an emphasis in finance from UAB. She has a long history of community service, including as a member of the board of the National Collegiate Housing Foundation, the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, the UA Women's Leadership Initiative; and the YouthServe Leadership Board. She is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and Leadership Birmingham and was named one of Birmingham's Top Ten Women by Birmingham Business Magazine.
Board of Trustees
Mr. T. Morris Hackney
Jefferson Giles Investments
Dr. Bruce Irwin
Owner and Founder American Family Care
Clay C. Long Attorney (Retired)
Jane P. McDonald
John James (Jamey) McMahon, III
Principal ALG Labels & Graphics
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett
Bishop North Alabama Conference The United Methodist Church
James E. (Jim) Pierce
Rev. R. Steven Reneau
Bruce F. Rogers
George B. Salem
Rev. David Saliba
Scott Y. Selman
Thomas E. (Tommy) Sisson
David M. Smith
James T. Stephens
Kevin Richard Stump Sr.
Dr. John Kevin Tucker
Chad S. Wachter
Dr. Andrew R. Wolfe
Richard B. Yeilding
DeLynn M. Zell
John B. Barnett, III Sr.
VP Personal Trust Manager Trustmark Wealth Management
Battle Founder Swell Fundraising
Rev. Dale Cohen
Canterbury United Methodist Church
Carl E. Crosby
Executive Vice President BBVA/Compass Bank
Robert Mack (Bob) Dixon, Jr.
President M. C. Dixon Lumber Co., Inc.
Jack W. (Trey) Echols, III
President and CEO Highland Associates
Walter B. (Wally) Evans
President Cahaba Media Group
Mr. Denson N. Franklin, III
Partner Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings LLP
Williams (Will) Goodwyn, Jr.
Vice Chairman, Chief Administrative Officer Coca Cola Bottling Company
Bishop David Graves
Alabama-West Florida Conference The United Methodist Church
Dr. Samuel Eugene Gray
Director of Communications
VP of Admission and Financial Aid
VP of Student Development
VP of Information Technology
Dr. Bradley Caskey
Provost and VP of Academic Affairs
Dr. Tim Smith
Chief of Staff and VP for Community Initiatives
CFO and VP of Finance
Virgina Gilbert Loftin
VP of Advancement and Communications