Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series

The names Tom and Marla Corts have been synonymous with Samford University for three decades. The Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Authors Series is named for Samford’s 17th president and his wife. Marla Corts was instrumental in establishing the series following her husband’s untimely death in 2009. The series was launched in 2011 to recognize their invaluable leadership to Samford University, to the community and to the cause of literacy. The event also provides endowment support for Samford’s Orlean Beeson School of Education. The series has hosted numerous impressive guests including, First Lady of the United States Laura Bush.

2017 guest, Philip Yancey delivered a powerful lecture at the seventh annual Distinguished Author Series. To learn more about the series and read a brief summary of Yancey's message, click here.

Check back soon and often for information regarding the 2018 Distinguished Author Series.

  • 2017—Philip Yancey
  • 2016—Parker J. Palmer
  • 2015—Laura Bush
  • 2014—Wes Moore
  • 2013—Garrison Keillor
  • 2012—Wendell Berry
  • 2011—Greg Mortenson