Published on November 23, 2009  

Three members of the College of Arts and Sciences were cast in a recent Samford production of Richard III. David Chapman (dean) played the role of the Bishop of Ely who is one of Richard’s early supporters, but joins the opposition forces before the Battle of Bosworth. Julie Steward (English) played Lady Margaret, the wife of the former king, who curses Richard for his treachery. In one memorable scene, she calls him an “elvish-marked, abortive, rooting hog.” Dennis Sansom (Philosophy) played Lord Stanley who also deserts Richard before the final battle. This is Dr. Sansom’s fourth time to be cast in a play at Samford. The play ran November 16-22 and was sold out every night.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.