Published on February 12, 2018 by Philip Poole  
Keith Herron

Birmingham banking executive Keith Herron has been reelected to a second one-year term as chair of Samford University’s Board of Overseers. Peter J. Clemens IV of Franklin, Tennessee, is vice chair for 2018.

The 56-member board includes business, community and church leaders who advise the administration and are advocates for the university.

Herron, a 1986 Samford graduate, is senior executive vice president with Regions Financial Corp. in Birmingham. He previously served as overseers vice chair in 2016 and is a former national president of the Samford Alumni Association. He was named one of Samford’s Alumni of the Year in 2016.

Clemens, a 1987 Samford graduate, is a retired health care and investments executive. He also is a member of the advisory board for Samford’s Brock School of Business.

New members of the board of overseers include:

Brent M. Fielder ’08 of Birmingham, an owner/operator with Chick-Fil-A.

Corey Green ’02 of Bessemer, Alabama, vice president and small business development officer for BB&T.

Brian Kelly ’87 of Alexandria, Virginia, chief executive officer of Brian Kelly Strategies, a consulting and lobbying firm.

Daniel W. Samford of Mountain Brook, Alabama, principal with Golden Bell Capital and owner/broker with Samford Properties.

Mechelle Wilder ’83 of Shoal Creek, Alabama, a partner with ARC Realty.

Overseers who were approved for additional terms of service through 2020 include Bill Cleveland of Homewood, Alabama; Carolyn Featheringill of Birmingham; Ann Thornton Field of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Drew Langloh of Birmingham; Vince Noblitt of Fairhope, Alabama; Anna E. Williams of Birmingham; and Herron.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.