News: 2014

Drayton Nabers to Lead Samford Ethics Center

Contact: Yann Ranaivo, Birmingham Business Journal

Source: Birmingham Business Journal

January 9, 2014 - Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Drayton Nabers Jr. has been named the new director of Samford University's Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership.

The Birmingham-based private university announced that Nabers' new position becomes official Jan. 15. His selection came after a national search to replace founding director John Knapp, who the school said resigned last year to become president of Hope College in Holland, Mich.

The center Nabers will become head of aims to promote student development and an enrichment of teaching and scholarship in Samford's ten academic schools.

"(Nabers) brings an unusual blending of law, business, theology, leadership and service to Samford and to the Mann Center," said Samford Provost Bradley Creed. "As director, he will be able to work collaboratively with our faculty, students and the community at large to ensure that the principles of ethics and leadership that are foundational to Samford are interwoven into the fabric of all that we do."

Creed said Nabers' reputation as an ethical leader will further enhance Samford's and the center's reputation in ethics and leadership.

Nabers, the university said, previously taught courses at Samford and has been a guest speaker for the business and law schools there.

"I am honored to be given the opportunity to join the Samford University community and to serve as director of (the center)," Nabers said. "It is exciting to contemplate having a role in developing strong character in each of Samford's 4,800 students that will help assure joy and success in life-long callings."

Nabers is currently an attorney with Birmingham-based firm Maynard Cooper & Gale PC. He, however, has a half century of experience as an attorney, business executive and public servant.

After joining in 1979, Nabers became CEO of Birmingham-based Protective Life Corp. in 1992. He retired as chairman of the board in 2002, two years before being named to the Alabama Supreme Court.

An Ivy League alumnus, Nabers graduated from Princeton University in 1962 before earning his law degree from Yale University three years later.

Ex-Alabama Chief Justice to Head Ethics Center

Source: Associated Press

January 9, 2014 - A former chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court is taking over as head of the Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford University.

Birmingham attorney Drayton Nabers will become director of the center on Jan. 15.

The Baptist-affiliated school says Nabors was named to replace John Knapp, who resigned last year to become president of a small college in Michigan.

Nabers was the longtime chief executive of the Birmingham-based Protective Life Corp. before being appointed to the Supreme Court in 2004. He served two years before returning to private practice as an attorney in 2006.

Nabers previously taught at Samford's divinity school, and he is the author of two books on ethics and leadership.

Nabers graduated from Princeton University and earned his law degree at Yale University.

Drayton Nabers to Head Samford’s Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership

Contact: Philip Poole, Samford Office of Communication

Source: Samford Office of Communication

January 8, 2014 - A veteran Birmingham attorney and business executive has been named to head Samford University's Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership.

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Drayton Nabers Jr. will become the center's new director Jan. 15. He was named following a national search to replace founding director John Knapp, who resigned last year to become president of Hope College in Michigan.

The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership is an endowed, university-wide unit that promotes student development and enriches teaching and scholarship in the university's ten academic schools. It is named for the late wife of Samford alumnus Marvin Mann, a founder and former CEO for Lexmark, Inc. Mann provided major funding for the center's establishment in 2008.

"Drayton Nabers brings an unusual blending of law, business, theology, leadership and service to Samford and to the Mann Center," said Samford Provost J. Bradley Creed. "As director, he will be able to work collaboratively with our faculty, students and the community at large to ensure that the principles of ethics and leadership that are foundational to Samford are interwoven into the fabric of all that we do. His reputation as an ethical leader will further enhance the national reputation of the university and the center in the areas of ethics and leadership."

Nabers is well-known on the Samford campus, Creed noted. He previously taught courses for Samford's Beeson Divinity School and has been a guest speaker for both the business and law schools. He also has been serving on the divinity school's advisory board.

"I am honored to be given the opportunity to join the Samford University community and to serve as director of the Frances Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership," Nabers said. "It is exciting to contemplate having a role in developing strong character in each of Samford's 4,800 students that will help assure joy and success in life-long callings."

Nabers currently is an attorney with Maynard Cooper and Gale PC in Birmingham, but he has a 50-year career as an attorney, business executive and public servant. He joined Birmingham- based Protective Life Corp. in 1979 and became chief executive officer in 1992. He retired as chairman of the board in 2002. He subsequently served as finance director for the State of Alabama until being named to the Supreme Court in 2004. He served two years as chief justice before returning to private practice in 2006.

A 1962 graduate of Princeton University, Nabers earned his law degree from Yale University in 1965. Before returning to Birmingham to practice, he was a law clerk to Justice Hugo Black on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nabers is the author of two books on ethics and leadership: The Case for Character and The Hidden Key to Happiness.

Among his many civic and professional affiliations, Nabers is board chair for Cornerstone School of Alabama and a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham. He previously served as board chair for United Way of Central Alabama and Leadership Birmingham. He has been inducted into both the Alabama and Birmingham Business Halls of Fame. In 2011, he received the Birmingham Bar Association's L. Burton Barnes Public Service Award.

Nabers is an active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in suburban Birmingham. He and his wife, Fairfax, have three children and seven grandchildren.

Nabers will continue to serve of counsel with Maynard Cooper and Gale.

Contacts

 

Drayton Nabers, Jr.
Director
205.726.4362

dnabers@samford.edu

Brooks Hall, 227A

 

C. Cameron Collins 
Program Manager
205.726.4634
Brooks Hall, 227B

Mitzi Lafferty  
Administrative Assistant
205.726.4366
Brooks Hall, 227
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Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
205-726-4634 or Cameron Collins, Program Manager