July 6, 2017

Michael E. Stephens

It is with great sadness we share the news that former UM board of trustee and namesake of the Stephens College of Business, Michael E. Stephens has passed away. Please keep his wife, family and friends in your thoughts.

Mr. Stephens earned his bachelors degree in business from the University of Montevallo in 1973 after intense rehabilitation from a severe diving accident. The rehabilitation process changed the focus of his life, having a profound effect on his personal, professional, civic and philanthropic activities. He went on to become executive director of Lakeshore Hospital, founder and CEO of ReLife and visionary for the Lakeshore Foundation. His work transformed the lives of numerous individuals with disabilities.

UM awarded Mr. Stephens with an honorary doctorate in May 1995 and named the College of Business in his honor in 1997. His impact on the community is abundant. We will continue to honor his memory through the education of future visionaries and community-minded leaders. View his full obituary.