Community Foundation Names New Chair and Board Members

Ruffner Page has been named chair of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the state’s oldest and largest community foundation.

The Community Foundation also announced that Judge William ‘Bill’ Hereford and Susan Matlock are joining the board with terms starting in 2017.

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, the Remington Fund and Bankers Trust Company in New York and Atlanta.

He currently serves on the boards of directors of McWane, Inc., Southern Research, National Commerce Corporation, CorMatrix and O’Neal Industries. Page is a member of the Downtown Rotary, Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama.  He also serves on the boards of the Birmingham Airport Authority, Birmingham Education Foundation, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Judge William ‘Bill’ Hereford is a Senior Circuit Judge and former Presiding Judge of the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit of Alabama; He is a member of the Rotary Club of Pell City, Leadership St. Clair County, Leadership Alabama, the American Legion, the Jefferson State College Advisory Board and the Alabama Care Plan Citizens’ Advisory Committee.

His past experience includes service as Mayor of the City of Pell City, Chairman of Brownell Travel, Chairman of St Clair County Head Start, Chairman of St Vincent’s St Clair Hospital Advisory Board, and President of the St Clair County Bar Association. He has served on the boards of the Cultural Alliance, Literacy Council of Central Alabama and the Alabama Board of Bar Commissioners. In 2012 Judge Hereford received the Man of Valor Award from the YWCA of Central Alabama for his work in behalf of the victims of domestic violence.

Susan Matlock is the former president and chief executive officer of Birmingham’s Innovation Depot, Inc., a biotechnology and information technology incubation center. Ms. Matlock began her career as a banker, lending to small businesses and consumers. She has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the Financial Services Advocate of the Year for the State of Alabama.

She currently serves on the boards of directors of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama and Regions Financial Corporation. Ms. Matlock has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA). Innovation Depot was named 2011 “Technology Incubator of the Year” by NBIA, which has members from 66 nations. In addition, Ms. Matlock has been an active member of various civic, educational and leadership organizations in the community.