Dr. Monique Witherspoon, assistant professor of educational leadership, was awarded one of the inaugural Newcomer Spear Awards by Vulcan Park & Museum at The Vulcans Community Awards Dinner on Oct. 2. The Newcomer Award is given in recognition of a significant impact on the community of which the recipient has been a part for no more than five years
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In addition to being assistant professor in the educational leadership department, Witherspoon serves as the program director of the master's in educational leadership: policy, organizations and leadership. Previous to her position at Samford, Witherspoon served as president and CEO of Girls Incorporated of Central Alabama. Her years of education experience ranges from the university setting, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Queens University, to a multitude of leadership roles in K-12 education.
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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.