Published on July 12, 2022 by Daniel Dodson  
Loudon David

David Loudon retired from Samford after 16 years as a professor of marketing. Loudon joined the department in the fall of 2005.

Loudon said he is going to miss the uniqueness of Samford’s culture the most while in retirement.

“Having taught at three large public universities, it was a different and blessed experience to be at a private Christian university for the culmination of my teaching career,” Loudon said. “Brock School of Business provided a wonderful blend of Christ-oriented students, faculty, staff and administrators. Moreover, the terrific quality of students and faculty I was able to work with was extremely gratifying.”

Loudon said that one of his favorite memories at Samford was when he spent the entire night in the office due to a snow and ice storm in 2014.

“Samford is the only university where I ever spent the entire night in my office. The snowfall forced 20 of us to hunker down on campus until the roads were cleared the next day.” Loudon said. “We slept as best we could in our office chairs. One of the most memorable aspects of the experience was the graciousness of our students who came around to each office offering blankets and pillows to make us comfortable.”

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.