Routine business dominated the agenda for the Dec. 5 regular meeting of Samford University's board of trustees.
Mary C. Karlet was elected associate professor and department chair in nurse anesthesia. Previously she taught at Western Carolina University and Duke University.
Two academic changes included the change of the department of chemistry to the department of chemistry and biochemistry to better reflect the department's diversity. Also, trustees approved a new master of science in education degree with a certification in gifted education. The new degree was in response to requests from local school systems and directors of gift education programs in central and north Alabama, according to Jean A. Box, dean of Samford's Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Students.
Birmingham businessman William J. Stevens was re-elected as chair. Other officers are vice chair W. Clark Watson, a Birmingham attorney; secretary John E. Bell Jr., a businessman from Birmingham; and assistant secretary Wynema J. Lowry, a retired teacher from Cullman.
Curtis James, CEO of Birmingham's St. Vincent's Hospital, was elected to a three-year term on the university's board of overseers. The overseers assist the university administration in fundraising and advocacy on behalf of Samford.
In other routine business, trustees approved candidates for graduation in December, subject to completion of degree requirements, and approved new members for dean's advisory boards for the school of nursing and the school of education.