Hamilton Bancorp Inc., parent company of Towson-based Hamilton Bank, has appointed Carol L. Coughlin as the lead independent director of the board of directors. Coughlin has been a director of the company since 2012 and has been a director of Hamilton Bank since 2010. She also serves as the chair of the Risk and Audit Committee and as a member of the Compensation and Corporate Governance and Nominating committees. Coughlin is the CEO of BottomLine Growth Strategies Inc., a growth advisory services firm she founded in 2006 to help companies of various industries to grow profitably and sustainably. Coughlin has 27 years of financial leadership experience, including 18 years as chief financial officer of high growth health care companies through successful turnarounds and mergers and acquisitions.