In September, Samford University’s Brock School of Business announced a newly established endowment in honor of retiring professor of management Robert W. (Bill) Service.
Published on September 28, 2020 by Morgan Black
Recognizing the career of professor Service, Brock School of Business renamed its Graduate Teaching Award to the “Dr. Robert W. (Bill) Service Graduate Teaching Award.” This award is given to a full-time member of the Brock School of Business faculty who demonstrates excellence in graduate teaching. In addition to the award, an endowment has been established in his name and will support an annual faculty stipend.
Service has served on the Brock School of Business faculty since 1993. During his time at Samford, he was named a winner of the John H. Buchanan Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. He was a frequent consultant in the business community and impactful teacher at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Service taught extensively internationally and brought those experiences back to his classes at Brock School of Business. Paired with his successful business and leadership career prior to academia, Service was able to effectively bridge the gap from the classroom to the “real world.” In addition to excellence in teaching, Dr. Service was a successful scholar and mentor to students throughout his time at Samford. Service’s retirement will be effective at the end of the spring 2021 semester.
Service said, “I love students and delight in their life’s achievements. I thank them for the richness they added to my (and my wife Jan’s) life. Without those relationship our lives would not have been so very fulfilling. Although I will miss being around them daily, Jan and I are forever blessed to be linked to so many through Samford.”
Interim Dean Chad Carson shared, “Dr. Service dedicated his career to helping develop the next generation of Christian business leaders and did it with compassion for his students and enthusiasm for his discipline. It is my hope that through the creation of this endowment we will be able to honor him and his contributions to Samford and Brock School of Business by supporting faculty for years to come.”
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.