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.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.