Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-03-07

Birmingham financial advisor Gregory R. Powell was recently elected chair of the Samford University School of Business Advisory Board. Powell is president and CEO of Fi-Plan Partners LLC.

Gary C. Wyatt, president, Gary C. Wyatt construction company, Birmingham, was elected board vice-chair.

The 42-member advisory board provides expertise, counsel and support of the business school's academic programs and external initiatives.

Other board members from Birmingham are Thomas D. Armstrong, Brian Barksdale, John Bell, Harry B. Brock III, Bennie W. Bumpers, Stephen M. Chazen, Gary M. Cooney, Willard L. Dean, Bill Dixon, Della Fancher, Randall J. Freeman, Brenda M. Hackney, Paul E. Hardin, James L. Hart, Gregory R. Hodges, Philip L. Hodges, J. Fred Kingren, C. Ken McPherson, Jr., Carl Edwin Miller III, Malcolm Miller, Scott Myers, Mickey Newsome, W. Randall Pittman, Jamelle Kabase Shaw, John H. Sherman III, Robert Lee Smith, Jr., William J. Stevens, Tim Taylor, Jose Antonio Valencia and Alton E. Yother.

The board also includes Thomas K. Albrecht, Montgomery; William C. Armistead, Jr., Columbiana; Lynn Boggs, Norcross, Ga.; C. Keith Herron, Nashville, Tenn.; Paula Hovater, Roswell Ga.; Rod Hovater, Roswell, Ga.; Keith Kirkland, Brentwood, Tenn.; Marlene M. Reed, Waco., Texas; Brian Sharp, Brentwood, Tenn.; and Gregory J. Taylor, Marietta, Ga.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.