Published on July 12, 2022 by Daniel Dodson  
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David Johnson joined Samford in August 2008 as a professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. He also taught in the department for two years during missionary furloughs in 1991-92 and 1996-97. 

“I will miss my marvelous colleagues in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and the interactions with students,” Johnson said. “It was always thrilling to see that spark of interest ignited in students as they discovered the fascinating world of life science.”

As for a beloved memory at Samford, it is impossible to limit it to just one. Johnson said he remembers every student who was able to use what he or she learned about the world of biology and then move into a career in the sciences or health professions.

“To know that these compassionate, brilliant and hard-working folks are out there making the world a better place gives me great hope for the future,” Johnson said. “So, I remember with joy Jacinda Kosiara, Jessica Van Ausdall, Kelsey Caffy, Angela Keffer, Ashley Spann, Cassie Black, Ann Elizabeth Davis, Han Han Li, Antonio Bradley, Sarah Overby, Kayla McCormick, Cameron Hunt, Andres Leon, Mary-Catherine Mitchell, Riley Lovejoy, Megan Elliott, Adam Cason, Shelby Lauzon, Lillie Baggett, Mariel McConville, Sarah Thomas, Madeline Guy, and so many others.”

Johnson has been an educator and researcher for nearly 50 years and taught at Concordia College and Seinan Gakuin University, in addition to Samford.

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.