November 4, 2005

Box, Hull, McAlister Named Alumni of Year

"...Betsy Box, director of the Bedford School, Fairburn, Ga., William E. Hull, research professor and retired Samford provost, and L. Durwood McAlister, retired editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, were recognized at the annual alumni candlelight dinner on Friday, Oct. 28..."

Alumni of the YearSamford honored graduates from three decades as its 2005 Alumni of the Year during Homecoming weekend activities Oct. 28-30. Betsy Box, director of the Bedford School, Fairburn, Ga., William E. Hull, research professor and retired Samford provost, and L. Durwood McAlister, retired editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, were recognized at the annual alumni candlelight dinner on Friday, Oct. 28.

Box, a 1971 graduate, pioneered a program in Georgia for children with learning disabilities in 1971, and expanded it into a successful summer camp called Squirrel Hollow. The Bedford School opened in 1985 as a day school specifically for children with learning disabilities. Box holds a Ph.D. in education from Century University, Albuquerque, N.M.

Hull, a 1951 graduate, is a renowned Baptist educator and author of many books on higher education and theology. He was professor, dean and provost at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and minister of First Baptist Church, Shreveport, La., before coming to Samford in 1987 to serve as provost and University Professor. Hull retired as provost in 1996, continued to teach at Samford for many years, and now serves as Minister in Residence at Mountain Brook Baptist Church. In addition to his Samford degree, Hull studied at the University of Gottingen, Germany and Harvard University, and earned a Ph.D. at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

McAlister, a 1949 graduate, was a reporter in Alabama at Birmingham's The Age-Herald and The Anniston Star before joining The Atlanta Journal staff in 1954. He retired as editor in 1992. He served as a board member of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association, and in 1978 received the Sigma Delta Chi Green Eyeshade Award for distinguished column writing. He pursued graduate study at Columbia University.

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