Samford University’s board of trustees executive committee
approved one new faculty member and a revised employee pension plan during
their regular fall meeting Oct. 20.
Cynthia G. Cortes was approved as associate professor of
nursing, effective immediately. A
Samford graduate, Cortes earned a doctor of public health degree from the
University of Alabama at Birmingham.
She previously was a pediatric nurse practitioner and case manager,
department of pediatric rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.
The revisions in the pension plan affect new employees hired
on or after Jan. 1, 2010. The main
adjustment is with the accrual formula and elimination of an early retirement
subsidy that existed previously. Adjunct
faculty no longer will be able to participate in the pension plan. The
revisions earlier had been affirmed by both the university’s Faculty Senate and
Staff Advisory Council.
Harry B. (Buck) Brock III, Samford’s vice president for
business affairs, said the adjustments are financially necessary for the
university to ensure funding of its long-term pension liability.
Trustees also approved a new faculty service award to honor
full-time faculty members who have made “significant and sustained service
contributions” to the university.
Nominations will be made by full-time faculty and administrators, and
recipients will be selected by the Faculty Senate executive committee. W. Randall Pittman, Samford’s vice
president for university advancement, told trustees that the first award likely
will be made in spring 2010.
In a series of reports, trustees heard about the university’
record fall enrollment of 4,658 undergraduate and graduate students and that
applications for fall 2010 are running slightly ahead of the same period last
The next full meeting of the board of trustees is Dec. 1.
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