Published on January 22, 2015 by Hannah Henderson  

Samford University recently hosted a group of school superintendents from around the state to discuss transforming education in Alabama. 

The Transformational Leadership Academy is a partnership between Samford, School Superintendents Association of Alabama and the Schlechty Center and Education Solutions to collaboratively design professional development and support for Alabama superintendents.

The academy will convene throughout the year on Samford's campus.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to encourage and assist superintendents as they meet their goals as transformational leaders in Alabama,” said Jeanie Box, dean of Samford's Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education.

According to Box, the academy will offer sessions to participating superintendents focusing on understanding and embracing transformational leadership. The program includes learning how to attract and recruit talent, building the capacity of leaders to transform schools, developing shared leadership and empowering teachers as leaders.  

The next session is March 11.

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.