The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the state’s oldest and largest community foundation, announced that DeLynn Zell, Ruffner Page and Selwyn Vickers, M.D., FACS, are joining the Board of Directors with terms starting in January 2022.
DeLynn Zell CFP® is co-founder and CEO of Bridgeworth, a wealth management firm headquartered in Birmingham. Founded in 2008, the Firm has tripled in size, opened an office in Huntsville, Alabama, and now manages over 2 billion of assets. The Firm has received several national recognitions, including four years as the Financial Times top 300 RIAs in the country, City Wire’s Top 50 RIAs of the Future, Investment News Best Places to Work for three consecutive years (ranking #1 in 2020), Entrepreneur magazine’s 2018 Top Company Cultures, and Birmingham Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for nine years. Prior to assuming the role of CEO, DeLynn specialized in working with clients as they transitioned into retirement.
Ms. Zell has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Birmingham Southern College for ten years and is currently serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She also serves on the boards of directors of the Boy Scouts of America, Canterbury Methodist Church Foundation Board, St. Vincent’s Hospital Board, Oasis Counseling Center, where she served as President, and was a prior President of the Financial Planning Association of North Alabama.
Most recently, Zell was named by Forbes as America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors (2021), awarded by Al.com as one of the 2018 Women to Shape the State and was selected for the 2020 class of Leadership Alabama. She is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College, where she majored in accounting. DeLynn and her husband, Lee, have one son who is currently a student at the University of Alabama.
Ruffner Page has served as President of McWane, Inc. since 1999. Mr. Page joined the company in 1993, working in the area of mergers and acquisitions. Prior to coming to McWane, he held management positions at National Bank of Commerce from 1989 to 1993, the Remington Fund from 1986 to 1989 and Bankers Trust Company in New York and Atlanta.
Mr. Page currently serves on the boards of directors of McWane, Inc., Southern Research the National Bank of Commerce, and South State Bank of South Carolina.
He is a member of the Downtown Rotary, Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama. He serves on the Boards of the Birmingham Airport Authority, Birmingham Education Foundation, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Page graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a B.A. in philosophy and psychology with a minor in economics. He is also a 1986 graduate of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, Va. He and his wife, Penny, have three daughters.
Selwyn Vickers, M.D., FACS, became Senior Vice President of Medicine and Dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine in October 2013. As dean, Dr. Vickers leads the UAB Heersink School of Medicine’s main campus in Birmingham as well as regional campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville, and Tuscaloosa. Dr. Vickers holds the James C. Lee Jr. Endowed Chair in the School of Medicine and is board chair of the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation.
On January 1, 2022, Dr. Vickers assumed the roles of CEO of the UAB Health System and CEO of the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance, while retaining his role as dean of the UAB Heersink School of Medicine. The $5 billion, 11-hospital UAB Health System is anchored by UAB Hospital, the eighth-largest hospital in the nation.
Dr. Vickers earned baccalaureate and medical degrees from Johns Hopkins University and completed surgical training there, including a chief residency and surgical oncology fellowship. He completed two post-graduate research fellowships with the National Institutes of Health and training at John Radcliffe Hospital of Oxford University, England.
A world-renowned surgeon, pancreatic cancer researcher, and pioneer in health disparities research, Dr. Vickers is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. He has served on the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Board of Trustees and Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees. In addition, he has served as president of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the Southern Surgical Association, and is president-elect of the American Surgical Association, the oldest and most prestigious surgical society.
Dr. Vickers has played an important advisory role since the onset of the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic in 2020. He serves on the Executive Committee of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s Coronavirus Task Force and as co-chair of The University of Alabama (UA) System Campus Health and Safety Task Force, which was charged with developing reentry plans for the System’s three campuses in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Huntsville and other participating higher education institutions.
Dr. Vickers was born in Demopolis, Alabama, and grew up in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville. He and his wife, Janice, have four children.