Student and faculty awards and Alumni of the Year announced 47th Annual Ceremony

2011-05-09

Samford’s Brock School of Business recently awarded 79 undergraduate student scholarship and 13 graduate scholarships totaling more than $112,000 during the 47th Annual Scholarships and Awards Ceremony held at Reid Chapel. 

“Each year we award scholarships to students who excel academically,” said Jim Reburn, acting dean of the Brock School of Business. “Students are at the core of our mission and we are committed to serving them while they are here.”

In addition to recognizing student achievement, the Brock School announced 2011 Outstanding Faculty Awards and its Alumni of the Year.

Dr. Melissa Woodley, Assistant Professor of Finance, received the award for Excellence in Teaching.  The award recognizes a full-time business school faculty member for outstanding achievements, innovation and performance in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Candidates are nominated by their peers and winners are chosen by the school’s administration.  Professor Woodley was recognized for her mastery of classroom material, enhancing the student experience with the use of learning technology, and her concern and dedication for her students. 

“Dr. Woodley stands out as an example of the seriousness with which we take the teaching mission at the Brock School of Business,” said Reburn.  “Included in her work above and beyond the classroom, she established and sponsors the student chapter of the Financial Management Association on campus.” 

Dr. Darin White, Associate Professor of Marketing, received the award for Outstanding Scholarship.  The award recognizes a full-time business school faculty member for outstanding achievements in research and scholarship which is vital to a quality business education.  Candidates are nominated by their peers and winners are chosen by the school’s administration.  Dr. White is a prolific author.  Just this past year, he published five articles in his field for leading journals and will publish three more by the end of 2011. 

Reburn noted, “Dr. White provides a quality, global and relevant education to Brock students, which is an important mission of our school”

Ms. Sharon Jackson, Assistant Professor of Business, received the award for Distinguished Service.  The award recognizes a full-time faculty business member for outstanding service rendered to the school, the university, the academic community and the public.   Candidates are nominated by their peers and winners are chosen by the school’s administration. 

“One of Professor Jackson’s most significant contributions to the profession is her influence with and service to students.” said Reburn.  “Her service and involvement in the accounting profession is also exemplary. I appreciate Professor Jackson’s significant investments in all of these areas.”

Mr. Greg Taylor, Senior Vice President of AgriBank, was named one of the 2011 Brock School of Business Alumnus of the Year.  The award is given to an outstanding graduate who excels in business, has been a faithful supporter of the Brock School of Business, and has demonstrated a commitment to remain active in the life of Samford. In his position, Mr. Taylor provides leadership and oversight to the overall strategic direction of the business while also overseeing the Wholesale Lending/Relationship Management and Government Affairs teams for AgriBank.   He is a 1982 graduate of the Brock School of Business with a degree in Business Administration.   He serves as the current chair of the Brock School’s Advisory Board. 

“Greg has been a valuable advisor and friend to me over the last year,” said acting dean Reburn.  “He has consistently demonstrated his deep commitment to the Brock School and Samford University, and he should be recognized for his compelling mission to connect lost alumni to Samford.