At its October 16 business meeting, the Alabama Humanities Foundation Board of Directors elected new members to the board.
- Cathy Crenshaw
Cathy is president of Sloss Real Estate Company in Birmingham, a commercial real-estate firm focused on urban renewal and redevelopment of historic buildings. Her firm developed the Pepper Place project on Birmingham’s Southside and co-developed the HOPE VI mixed-use, mixed-income project in downtown Birmingham. A graduate of Converse College, she attended Harvard University in 2007 and 2008 as a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design. Cathy serves on numerous local, state and national boards. She was named Birmingham Business Journal’s 2002 “Woman of the Year.”
- Robert Olin
Robert (Bob) is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama. He joined UA after serving for 25 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech, including six years as chair of the Department of Mathematics. Under his leadership, the UA College of Arts and Sciences has added numerous buildings and programs, and has significantly increased its undergraduate enrollment and endowment. Through the College, he provided substantial financial support to the Encyclopedia of Alabama, and he has encouraged UA participation in AHF grants, events and programs. He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Ottawa University in Kansas and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Indiana University.
- Carolyn Brinson Reed
Carolyn is a very active civic and community volunteer in Birmingham. She has a special interest in cultural organizations, having served on the boards and advisory councils for Alabama Operaworks, Junior Women’s Symphony Committee, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, Auburn Center for Arts and Humanities, and Birmingham Music Club. She has also served on the boards of the Auburn University Foundation and the Baptist Health System Foundation. A graduate of Auburn, in 1992 Carolyn was named one of Auburn’s 200 Most Outstanding Women Alumni.
- Nancy Meeks Sanford
Nancy has served as Executive Director of Florence-Lauderdale Public Library since 2004, which serves a county population of 88,000 and the entire northwest Alabama Shoals Region. A graduate of the University of North Alabama in Dramatic Arts and Speech, she is currently pursuing a master’s in public and private management at Birmingham-Southern College. Prior to joining the library, Nancy held administrative and public relations positions at Sheffield City Schools and Helen Keller Hospital. She has served on numerous Shoals-area organizations, including serving as president of the Sheffield Rotary Club, Tennessee Valley Art Association and Colbert County Red Cross.
- Dafina Cooper Ward
Dafina is Coordinator of Alabama Community AIDS Fund for Aids Alabama, headquartered in Birmingham. In this capacity, she manages the development of a statewide fundraising campaign in partnership with the National AIDS Fund. An attorney by training, Dafina has practiced law in Birmingham and served as a legal intern at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery and with a private firm in Philadelphia. In addition to her work in the legal arena, Dafina has actively participated as a consultant or advisor to the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, Birmingham Museum of Art and Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts. She received a B.A. with honors from Clark Atlanta University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.
- Wyatt Wells
Wyatt is Professor of History at Auburn University Montgomery, where he served as department chair from 2005 to 2008. He is the author of numerous books and articles on business and economic history, including The American Economy Since 1945, Antitrust and the Formation of the Postwar World, and Economist in an Uncertain World: Arthur F. Burns and the Federal Reserve, 1970-1978. He also served as assistant editor of the Andrew Jackson Papers at the University of Tennessee. Wyatt earned a B.A. with honors in history at Vanderbilt University, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Written by: Bob S.