The Mann Medal in Ethics and Leadership

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Samford University awards the Mann Medal in Ethics & Leadership to nationally or internationally known leaders or organizations whose efforts have made significant contributions to a more just and ethical society. The work recognized with the award must address a clear need or problem facing society, have significance on a large scale and be an inspiring example for others to follow.

Designed by world-renowned artist Malcolm Grear, the Mann Medal bears the "Sheaf of Grain" emblem of the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, symbolizing the need for leadership that cultivates a better world.


Originally established as an award recognizing the practice of ethics in business, the Marvin L. Mann Ethics in Business Award was granted to Marvin L. Mann in 2006 and Truett Cathy in 2008.

After the establishment of the Mann Center later that year, the award was re-envisioned as the Mann Medal in Ethics and Leadership, and was broadened to include recipients from any field of endeavor. The inaugural honoree was Charles Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship and longtime advocate of penal system reform, who was recognized at a special July 2011 luncheon. See photos and video.


Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please fill out the attached nomination form, or contact the Center for more information.



Drayton Nabers, Jr.

Brooks Hall, 227A


C. Cameron Collins 
Program Manager
Brooks Hall, 227B

Mitzi Lafferty  
Administrative Assistant
Brooks Hall, 227
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 The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership emphasizes the indispensable connection between ethics and good leadership in business, government, social services and the classic professions. Much of the center’s work is at this vital nexus of ethics and leadership. 

Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
205-726-4634 or Cameron Collins, Program Manager