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 2nd nationally for student engagement and US News & World Report ranks Samford 86th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,729 students from 47 states and 30 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 1st nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.