Published on November 10, 2021 by Holly Gainer  
Alex McClure Colvin
Alex McClure Colvin

Samford University history alumna Alex McClure Colvin ’12 was honored as Samford University’s 2021 Outstanding Young Alumna of the Year during Homecoming events Nov. 5-6.

Since 2019, Colvin has served as the curator of public programs for the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH). In this role, she has worked on the Alabama Women’s Suffrage Centennial Committee, which commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which federally guaranteed American women the right to vote. She also helped to craft the ADAH’s 2020 Symposium about women’s suffrage in Alabama, which has been delayed to this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic and created the exhibit Justice Not Favor: Alabama Women and the Vote, which will open to the public later this year. Additionally, Colvin serves as the state contact for the National Votes for Women Trail, a project of the W. Pomeroy Foundation placing roadside markers in all 50 states.

Prior to joining the ADAH, she worked at the Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson in Nashville, Tennessee, updating and digitizing the collections and reorganizing the staff research library there. In 2014 she worked for the National Park Service’s Mapping Removal Project, creating maps for 1790, 1810, 1820 and 1840 that illustrated the changing borders for 62 Federally Recognized Tribes.

From 2017 to 2019, Colvin served as content specialist and traveling scholar for the Alabama Bicentennial Education Initiative. In this capacity she developed the program on Indian Removal in Alabama to be used in educational institutes, teaching participants how to incorporate primary sources into their teaching and draw connections between their communities, state and nation.

She graduated magna cum laude from Samford in 2012 with a degree in history and earned her Ph.D. in history from Auburn University in 2019.

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.