John Howard—for whom Howard College is named—was born on September 2 in 1726. He led an unremarkable life as a country squire in Bedfordshire until he was elected as the county sheriff. He was outraged to learn that some prison inmates were held captive even after they were found innocent because they couldn’t afford the jailer’s fee.
Howard made it his life work to survey the jails of Europe in an attempt to bring public attention to the shameful treatment of prisoners. He died in 1790 in the Ukraine during an inspection of the prisons and military hospitals in Eastern Europe. His life became a model of Christian compassion for society’s outcasts, and a statue in St. Paul’s Cathedral was raised in his honor. Fifty years after his death, a group of Alabama Baptists decided to name their new college in honor of this great humanitarian.
Today we are recognizing eighteen young men and women who will be inducted into our second class of John Howard Scholars. These students are among the finest in the College of Arts and Sciences, and they will meet regularly with the dean in order to promote scholarship, service, and learning in the Howard tradition.
Howard Scholars 2014-2015
Natalie Bennie Communication Studies
Joshua Chitwood Biology
Nicholas Clanton Bio-Chemistry
Kristina Emmerson Marine Science
Claire Gaxiola International Relations
Logan Greenhaw Religion
Samuel Hahn Classics / Philosophy
Megan Hall Sociology
Hannah Holland Religion
Analeigh Horton Communication Studies
Allison (Allie) Kanne Journalism and Mass Communications
Emily Killen English
Stephen Lavett Computer Science
James (Franklin) Lowe History
Chandler McLarren Communication Studies
Savannah Newman Math
Anna (Claire) Per-Lee Journalism and Mass Communications
Rebecca Womack Psychology
We will also be honoring the Howard legacy with a special chapel service on October 9: “Remember Those Who Are in Prison.” Dean David Chapman, Dean Timothy George, and Director of the Mann Center (and former Alabama Supreme Court Justice) Drayton Nabers will speak about Christians and prison reform.