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Leadership at Birmingham-Southern

Leadership at Birmingham-Southern

President Daniel Coleman

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Daniel Coleman, a Birmingham resident with more than three decades of experience in finance and strong ties to BSC, took office as Birmingham-Southern College’s 16th president on Dec. 3, 2018.

齐发88APPColeman, who was CEO of the global financial services firm KCG Holdings until its 2017 sale, was previously a member of the college’s Board of Trustees and is an adjunct professor of finance. He and his wife, Brooke, returned to their hometown with their three children in 2009 after more than a decade in the New York area. Coleman served on Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin’s transition team and remains the co-chair of the mayor’s financial advisory team, working to improve the city’s management of its finances. He has also served on the boards of the Alabama Symphony Endowment and of Build Up, an innovative early-college workforce development program centered in the Ensley neighborhood.

齐发88APPColeman played a leading role in the evolution of automated trading in global financial markets. Until its 2017 sale to Virtu Financial, New York-based KCG was a leader in the securities and financial services industry, Before KCG, Coleman was CEO of GETCO, a privately-held automated trading firm based in Chicago. Prior to that, he worked for 24 years for UBS and its predecessor firms, ending up as global head of equities for UBS Investment Bank.

In addition to the boards of KCG and GETCO, Coleman’s past corporate board memberships include NASDAQ Inc., the Options Clearing Corporation, and the Boston Options Exchange.

Coleman entered the world of finance as an option clerk after earning a BA in English at Yale. He earned his MBA at the University of Chicago while trading convertible bonds. After moving to New York in 1996, he moved into management positions for a predecessor of UBS. He rose to head of global equities there; from 2005 through 2010, he oversaw a business that remained profitable through the recession, included the world’s leading cash equities execution business and equity research department, and handled global equity derivatives, global prime brokerage, and more.

From there, he moved on to Chicago-based market maker GETCO, first as global head of client services and equity trading and then as CEO, replacing the retiring founders in 2012. In that role, he expanded the business beyond its core of automated market making and led a merger with competitor Knight Capital Group.

To form KCG, Coleman merged GETCO and Knight Capital Group. Over four years, he raised over $1 billion of debt, cut costs, restructured businesses, and after four years sold the company with an 80% return for investors. 

齐发88APPUpon completion of the deal, Coleman returned to Birmingham full time; he had been commuting to New York and Chicago. In that time, as well as working with the mayor’s office, he has served as an advisor to the Security Industry Financial Markets Association. He joined the BSC Business Administration Department as an adjunct professor, teaching three courses in finance, and he has taken courses at BSC in the computer programming language Python and in calculus, working alongside some of his own students.


    Board of Trustees

    George B. Salem '75
    Proxsys, LLC

    Rev. David Saliba '03
    Perdido Bay UMC
    Pensacola, Florida

    Scott Selman
    Chief Financial Officer
    North Alabama Conference UMC

    David M. Smith '79
    Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.

    Bryson Stephens 
    Chairman of the Board

    Kevin R. Stump Jr. '80
    Chairman and CEO
    Interconn Resources Inc

    Keith Thompson
    Senior Pastor
    Canterbury United Methodist Church

    Sandy Barker Thurmond '84 
    Vice President of Primary Care Services
    Children's of Alabama

    Dr. J. Kevin Tucker '86 
    Medical Director of DCI Brigham/Faulkner Hospital, Director of the BWH/MGH Joint Nephrology Fellowship Program, and Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Victoria Lee VanValkenburgh '88
    VanValkenburgh and Wilkinson Realtors

    Debra Wallace-Padgett
    North Alabama Conference UMC

    Thomas Waters '86
    State Farm Insurance Company

    Rev. Andrew R. Wolfe '70
    Senior United Methodist Minister, Retired

    Richard B. Yeilding '73
    RBY Retail

    DeLynn M. Zell '86
    Managing Principal
    Bridgeworth Financial

    Brooke Tanner Battle '96
    Swell Fundraising

    Derry Brice Bunting '69
    Community Volunteer

    Elizabeth Macdonald Dunn
    Community Volunteer

    Denson N. Franklin, III '85
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel
    Vulcan Materials Co.

    G. Courtney French '96
    Founding Partner
    Fuston, Petway & French, LLP

    Bishop David Graves
    Alabama-West Florida Conference, United Methodist Church

    Dr. Bruce Irwin '72
    American Family Care

    Joab Mauldin Lesesne III '87
    Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs
    Cox Enterprises, Inc
    齐发88APPWashington, DC

    John James McMahon III '99
    ALG Labels & Graphics   

    Ashlyn Hines Meneguzzi '85
    Founding Principal
    Bristol Development Group

    Andy M. Newton '94
    Uniti Fiber

    Elizabeth Featheringill Pharo '00
    Featheringill Capital

    Joelle James Phillips '89
    AT&T Tennessee

    James E. Pierce '74
    Owner/Board Member
    Isagenix, Inc.
    Destin, Florida

    Rev. R. Steven Reneau '08
    The United Methodist Church
    Elba United Methodist Church
    齐发88APPElba, Alabama


    Senior Team

    Amy Abeyta
    Director of Communications

    Trent Gilbert
    齐发88APPVP of Enrollment Management 

    David Eberhardt
    VP of Student Development

    Anthony Hambey
    VP of Information Technology

    Deborah Dailey
    Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness

    Dr. Bradley Caskey

    Dr. Tim Smith
    齐发88APPAssociate Provost

    Lane Estes
    VP for Administration and Chief Operating Officer/Interim VP for Finance

    Susan Kinney
    VP for Human Resources and Risk Management

    Virginia Gilbert Loftin
    VP of Advancement and Communications