Samford Publications

Summer 2000
Vol. 17 No. 2
Publication Number:
USPS 244-800


FAQ: Samford

Heading to Graduate School with a Fistful of Scholarship Dollars

Viewpoints: Berry and Flynt

Unclaimed Bargains

Miss Alabama 2000

Campus News
Samford, WMU Name Vaughn Director of Christian Women's Leadership Center

Determined Nurse Bell Keeps Clinic Open, Studies Business Side with Stanley Scholarship

Leadership for a Changing World: Rice Suggests Formula for Success

Samford's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Received CCNE Accreditation for Bachelor's, Master's Programs

'Burst of New Energy upon the Sciences'

Major Gift to Athletics

Bulldogs Plan to Exercise Option Again in 2000

Men's Team Captures First TAAC Track Title

News Briefs
Bill Mathews Named VP as Laverne Farmer Retires

Interior Design Gets FIDER Accreditation

Translation Prompts Scholarship Fund

Other Stories
Bobby Bowden Day
Faculty Accolades
Class Notes
In Memoriam


Summer 2000

Bill Mathews Named VP as Laverne Farmer Retires

 Birmingham attorney Joseph W. "Bill" Mathews, Jr., has been named vice president for business affairs and general counsel of Samford University.

Mathews began duties June 1 in the newly structured position that combines responsibilities for Samford business affairs and legal counsel.

Laverne A. Farmer, Samford vice president for business affairs since 1994, retired in June. Farmer had been a member of the administration since 1983, also serving as assistant vice president/controller and assistant to the president.

Mathews was previously with the Birmingham firm of Lange, Simpson, Robinson & Somerville. His duties included serving as Samford counsel.



The Birmingham native is listed in the publication, The Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of Leadership Birmingham, Class of 1996, and was a charter member and chairman of the AlabamaGermany Partnership in 1998­99.

Mathews holds the J.D. degree from Vanderbilt Law School and master of laws in taxation from the University of Florida. He is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and Marion Institute, where he was cadet commander and valedictorian.

Farmer came to Samford from the University of Miami, where he was director of business and finance for athletics and director of business, auxiliary and medical support services.

A Crossville, Tenn., native, Farmer was president of a Pompano Beach, Fla., marketing firm and printing director at Georgetown (Ky.) College before joining Miami.