Published on June 10, 2011  

Nancy Lipham, Senior Vice President - Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors in Anniston, has been honored as the History Department's 2011 Alumna of the Year.

The 1976 Samford graduate accepted her honor and spoke at the department's annual awards dinner April 26.

Interim History Department chair Ginger Frost said the Alumna of the Year designation recognizes Lipham's support for Samford and her preservation of antebellum architecture in Alabama and South Carolina. Lipham serves on the advisory board of the university's Howard College of Arts and Sciences and helps fund international study scholarships.

"I enjoyed not only the subject matter I studied but also the professors and the interaction between them and the students," Lipham said of her experience as a Samford student. "When I left Samford I felt I was leaving my second home and the ties I felt to the department became more evident to me". She added that the department's Alumna of the Year honor is "a reflection of the gratitude I feel towards the rich experience I had at Samford". 


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.