Published on February 11, 2011  

English professor Nancy Whitt received Samford's Jennings B. Marshall Service Award at the university's opening convocation Jan. 25. The award recognizes a faculty member who has made significant and sustained service contributions to the university.

Samford provost and executive vice president Dr. J. Bradley Creed cited Whitt for her longtime leadership of the Samford faculty senate and her role in critical changes ranging from core curriculum to faculty welfare.

Creed noted that Whitt, who joined the Samford faculty in 1973, has always sought the betterment of the university as a place where academic and spiritual values find their full expression.

A longtime proponent of an increased diversity among students, faculty, staff and curriculum at Samford, Whitt is known “for reaching across cultures, race and religion in her quest to make Samford a better place,” Creed said.

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.