Published on September 11, 2015  

Howard College of Arts and Sciences dean David Chapman will step down at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, Samford announced Sept. 11. Following a sabbatical in the spring semester, Chapman will continue teaching as professor of English and will have a role in college administration as director of the John Howard Scholars.

Chapman’s tenure as dean has been marked by the opening of Propst Hall, the renovation of Russell Hall and several other capital projects. He also worked extensively on the development of new approaches to teaching, such as writing-across-the-curriculum, problem-based learning and community outreach programs, including the Samford-in-Mission program, the Old Howard 100 Bike Ride, and the Davis Lecture Series. The college saw increases in grant funding, undergraduate research, service learning, and internship opportunities during his time of service.

“David and Bonnie Chapman have been firmly committed to Samford in so many ways for 25 years, and we are pleased that they will continue to be part of our community,” said J. Michael Hardin, Samford Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Hardin, who will serve as interim dean of the college in the spring semester, praised Chapman for his commitment to the goals of a liberal arts education and announced the creation of a committee to select his successor from a national pool of candidates.

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.