Lee, executive director/treasurer of the million-member Southern Baptist
Woman's Missionary Union [WMU], and Marvin Mann, founder and chairman emeritus
of Lexmark International, Inc., were recognized as Samford’s 2004
Alumni of the Year during Homecoming, Oct. 28-31...”
Wanda Lee, executive director/treasurer of the million-member Southern
Baptist Woman's Missionary Union [WMU], and Marvin Mann, founder and
chairman emeritus of Lexmark International, Inc., were recognized as
Samford’s 2004 Alumni of the Year during Homecoming, Oct. 28-31.
"As CEO of the premier woman's missionary support organization in America, Wanda Lee applies all the sensitivity and care she learned as a nurse and nurse administrator to the promotion of missions," said Samford president Thomas E. Corts. "In our diverse world, hers is an extremely important task and she fulfills it with a warm, genuine Christian spirit."
Lee and her husband live in Shelby County. They have a daughter, Allison Lee Dearing, and a son, Matthew, both Samford graduates.
Mann, a 1954 Samford business graduate, served as chairman of Lexmark from its founding in 1991 until 1999, and was chief executive officer for most of those years. Lexmark is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of printing solutions to consumers in offices and homes in more than 150 countries. A former IBM vice president with 32 years as an executive with the company, the Birmingham native was instrumental in the formation of Lexmark, which reached nearly $4.8 billion in revenue worldwide in 2003.
"Marvin Mann's leadership of Lexmark is legendary," said Dr. Corts. "It will likely be the substance of case studies for years to come. This understated, highly-focused man rose from Samford to the heights of business leadership, first as a top executive with IBM, and then as a world-class entrepreneur establishing Lexmark as a company and a brand. And he has done it with a keen commitment to his family, to Christian values, and to his God."
Mann and his wife, Frances, both graduates of Tarrant High School, live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Cary, N.C. They have two grown children, Tara and Jeff, and two grandchildren.
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