Published on February 16, 2011  

Dr. Andrew J. Lampkins of Samford's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be the first to hold a new professorship honoring former Chemistry department chair John R. Sampey, Jr.

The holder of the Sampey Research Professorship must exemplify the high standards modeled by Sampey and greatly admired by former student Dr. Hugh Linder `28, whose gift created the professorship.

Like Sampey, who served at Samford in the 1920s and 1930s, Lampkins is a prolific researcher. Since joining Samford's faculty in 2008 Lampkins has established one of the most active research laboratories at the university. His research with colleagues and students focuses on the synthesis of novel organic compounds that may be useful in treating Alzheimer’s disease. Along with his published research, Lampkins collaborates with exceptional undergraduate students in research and scholarly presentations. He also conducts research within Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy, where he holds a joint faculty appointment. Lampkins has established himself as an integral part of the growing role of research within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Samford.

"The Sampey Research Professorship is the first to be established in our college in over 40 years," said Howard College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Chapman. "It will strengthen our reputation as an academic institution, help us recruit outstanding chemistry professors to our university and provide direct benefits to students involved in undergraduate research."

Chapman said the honor also is a reminder of the lasting bond that can develop between a professor and a student. 

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.