Published on October 2, 2019 by Sarah Cain  

Samford University’s Orlean Beeson School of Education recently celebrated the dedication of its Curriculum Materials and Technology Center (CMTC) to Peter John Clemens IV ‘87.

The dedication was a surprise planned by his wife Julie Clemens ‘86 in recognition of his previous giving to Samford in honor of her father, Carl E. Miller Jr. 

Senior Associate Provost and Orlean Beeson School of Education Interim Dean Howard Finch opened the dedication, noting that “This individual, inspires us with his humble generosity. A Samford graduate and career businessman, he is committed to equipping Brock School of Business students for success through academic scholarships. Yet, he and his wife also understand the importance of training impactful teachers who can positively influence the next generation.”

Speaking at the dedication with Finch, was Randy Pittman, vice president for university advancement.

“Peter, thank you for your selfless contributions of time, talent and treasure to Samford. For all the times you have honored others with your generosity, your wife Julie asked that today we honor you.”

Clemens was presented with a plaque near the center’s entrance reading “The Curriculum Materials and Technology Center is supported through the selfless generosity of Peter John Clemens IV, Class of 1987. Dedicated with gratitude on September 24, 2019.”

The Clemens family gift was used to upgrade and renovate the CMTC, which provides resources, media and services to students, faculty and staff designing instructional materials. The purpose of the center has a personal connection with Clemens and his family as three family members have graduated from Orlean Beeson School of 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. 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.