Published on March 27, 2018 by Sara Roman  

Current Samford University Educational Leadership doctoral candidate Waller Martin was recently named Alabama’s National Distinguished Principal. Martin is the principal at Enterprise Early Education Center in Enterprise, AL.

Martin received the award for his exceptional educational leadership and dedication to ensuring Alabama children receive a solid foundation for lifelong learning.

He is one among 58 principals in the nation chosen to be recognized as a 2017-18 National Distinguished Principal. The National Association of Elementary School Principals will honor him in Washington, D.C., for his superior contribution to his school and community. He will have the opportunity to share his tactics on achieving the highest influence possible on his students, school and community. Additionally, this recognition affords Waller the opportunity to compete for the National Distinguished Principal of the Year Award.

"I am very humbled and honored by this award," said Martin. "It is a tribute to the hard work of our Enterprise Early Education Center school staff, supportive parents and outstanding students.  I appreciate the help and support of my Samford professors, as well as my fellow classmates."

The award is sponsored by the Council for Leaders and Schools (CLAS) and the Alabama Association of Elementary School Principals (AAESP). Samford University alumnus and CLAS Executive Director Vic Wilson presented Martin with his award along with Stacy Blair of Classworks.

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.