Published on September 17, 2021 by Sean Flynt
Samford University professor Anthony Overton, chair of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, has been appointed to The Alabama Public Charter School Commission.
Overton became involved with a charter school while a professor at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville before joining Samford’s faculty in 2017. A colleague recently asked if he would be willing to serve on the state commission, and Overton was elected for a two-year term this summer.
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission reviews and approves applications for official charter school status under the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act, which provides for public charter schools as a part of the public education system of the state of Alabama. There are currently ten active or approved charter schools in the state.
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.