Samford University’s presidential search committee reviewed results of the Presidential Assessment Survey at an October 3 meeting in Birmingham.

The survey gathered input from nearly 2,000 faculty, staff, students and alumni. Officials with the Alabama Baptist State Convention were also interviewed. Responses were received from more than 1,900 individuals to produce the 279-page report affirmming agreement across all constituencies of the most desirable leadership traits for Samford’s nineteenth president.

“We are prayerfully seeking candidates with proven academic achievement who display strategic capacity and are respected thought leaders in higher education. We seek to identify those who communicate and collaborate with compassion and empathy and lead with authenticity and humility in the spirit of Christ,” said Tim Vines, co-chair of the presidential search committee.

The search committee also adopted an agreement which calls for strict confidentiality and the “highest standards of ethical and professional conduct” in matters related to the search and concerning all nominees and candidates.

The committee contacted members of the Samford faculty and more than 600 national leaders in higher education inviting nominations. The position is also being advertised in several national publications.

The committee has already received nominations and applications from a diverse group of individuals from all regions of the United States. The committee expects to continue receiving nominations and applications through the upcoming weeks. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination to the committee by email at:

A specific timeline for the process has not been set although current Samford President Andrew Westmoreland has announced his intention to retire as of June 30, 2021.

The committee expects to continue receiving nominations through the next month and will be reviewing nominations at its next meeting set for November 7.