One of the most important aspects of the College of Health Sciences is without question, our faculty and staff. Our people are enthusiastic, motivated professionals who are, themselves, answering the calling of their own lives. They bring extensive professional experiences into the classroom, making your educational experience deeper and richer.
Marian Carter has seen her life come full circle. "When I was in high school, I felt like God had called me to work in Christian education. What I thought that meant for me was to teach elementary children in a Christian school," she said. Carter took several education courses at Samford University before realizing teaching was not her passion. She eventually switched to interior design and ultimately had her own company. "I . . . enjoyed the work in the field but wondered how I had misunderstood God's path for my life." Carter had taken a position on her church's staff when a college friend told her about a job opening at Samford. She accepted the offer, and after obtaining her master's degree, she moved to Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. "It took several years after graduation to get there, but God's calling was not void. He placed me right where He wanted me to be--at Samford University in Christian education."
It didn't take Debbie Duke long after she arrived at Samford University almost five years ago to realize it was a special place. "I had been working at Samford for 20 days when I was in a horrible car accident. I had no sick time or vacation accrued and can remember lying in intensive care worried about the lost wages but also about my new position. The care and concern from Samford, specifically my coworkers, will be remembered by my family and myself forever," said the Samford alum. Duke, who received the Living Legacy award in 2012, values all she's gained from Samford. "Samford is family, and I love that this institution truly lives its mission."
Nena F. Sanders, has been active in health care for more than 35 years. Her professional nursing career is multifaceted and includes work as a staff nurse, cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist, nurse administrator, nurse educator, health care consultant, and entrepreneur. In addition to her practice of nursing, she has had tremendous success as a grant writer, researcher and author. Sanders has also been involved in developing, implementing and evaluating graduate nursing education programs for nearly three decades and she participates in numerous professional and community service endeavors.
When Katie Stripling received her public relations degree, she had every intention to pursue a career in politics. "I had dreams of running political campaigns and possibly someday running for office," she said. God had other plans. Stripling had a number of jobs dealing with health-care issues and was working as an account executive for a local advertising agency when she learned Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing had an opening. "The position in the school of nursing allowed me to combine my passion for education and health care with my skills and knowledge in public relations and development. After my first interview with Dean Sanders, I knew this was where I was supposed to be." Stripling’s hard work was rewarded when she received the 2012 Lamplighter Award from the Alabama League for Nursing. "It was an incredibly humbling experience to be nominated for such an honor by the faculty of our school. I am blessed with extraordinary colleagues."
Marian Carter, Ed.D.Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management & Student Servicesmwcarter@samford.edu205-726-2611