The names Tom and Marla Corts have been synonymous with Samford University for three decades. Tom Corts was known for his invaluable leadership, service and love for books and classical literature. In 2011, the Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series was launched to recognize their invaluable leadership to Samford University, the community and the cause of literacy. This special enhancement of our Samford experience provides scholarship support for Samford’s Orlean Beeson School of Education.

Previous Guests

  • 2018—Eric L. Motley 
  • 2017—Philip Yancey
  • 2016—Parker J. Palmer
  • 2015—Laura Bush
  • 2014—Wes Moore
  • 2012—Wendell Berry
  • 2011—Greg Mortenson

Official recording of March 1, 2018 Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series | Condensed Version.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Proceeds from the 2018 Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author series benefit the Dr. Eric L. Motley Scholarship at Samford University, which is awarded to needy and worthy students of high character who show promise and great potential with a civic mind and are actively involved in student leadership. The event also provides endowment support for Samford’s Orlean Beeson School of Education.

Sponsorship opportunities are available annually. Contact Sheri H. Ransome at 205-726-4462 or email shransom@samford.edu for more information.

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