Alumni Testimonials

The Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education makes an impact on the lives of its graduates. Here are some testimonials from enthusiastic alumni.

"The Instructional Leadership program at Samford not only gave me the knowledge to become an effective administrator, but also honed my soft skills that are necessary to build the relationships needed to be an effective leader.” --Nichole Phillips, Assistant Principal, Heritage Elementary School 

 "This has been a great success for our system! We’re so grateful for the partnership with Samford!” --Dr. Sandra Spivey, Director of Secondary Education, Madison County School System 

"Although there are other universities that have master’s level programs, Samford University comes with an outstanding reputation that shows prospective employers that the graduate has obtained skills to help them be successful in leadership roles." – Melissa Robertson, Assistant Principal, Madison Cross Roads Elementary 

"Their problem-based instruction and embedded opportunities to network with other administrators provided me the perfect symbiotic relation between work and class. I am not sure I could have received a better educational experience." --Dr. Wayne Richardson, Principal, Hoover City Schools
"Samford's philosophy of promoting academic excellence and sense of community among its students is empowering!" --Kim Hauser, Assistant Principal, Vestavia Hills City Schools
"Samford is quite simply the best education one can find. Samford's School of Education is committed to providing the best possible learning opportunities for all its students." --Dr. Vic Wilson, Principal, Mountain Brook City Schools
"After researching several graduate-level instructional leadership programs in the state, I chose Samford for its reputation as a leader in the education field. Samford's relevant and challenging programs have revolutionized my professional and personal life." --Chad Kelsoe, Morgan County Schools
"Samford University's School of Education faculty and staff have been a huge blessing in my life, and I will forever be appreciative for the success it has brought to me." --Jackie Kinney, Morgan County Schools
"Samford taught me the concept of servant leadership, which I think is a timeless, powerful, and effective leadership model." --Dr. Mark Richardson, Principal, Vestavia Hills City Schools
"I chose Samford to pursue my master's in education because of its undisputed reputation for excellence. Samford equipped me with the competencies necessary to advance my career." --LeAnn Stewart, Vestavia Hills City Schools
"My graduate studies at Samford University instilled in me a passion and purpose for continuous learning." --Ashley McCombs, Mountain Brook City Schools