Previous Guests

  • 2024—Collin Hansen
  • 2023—Tim Tebow - Video
  • 2022—Charles Martin
  • 2020—Patti Callahan Henry - Video
  • 2019—Anthony Ray Hinton
  • 2018—Eric L. Motley
  • 2017—Philip Yancey
  • 2016—Parker J. Palmer
  • 2015—Laura Bush
  • 2014—Wes Moore
  • 2013—Garrison Keillor
  • 2012—Wendell Berry
  • 2011—Greg Mortenson

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. Ten years ago, Marla Corts assisted in the launch of the Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series in his memory.

Series Sponsors

  • Thomas E. and Marla Haas Corts Endowment
  • Alan and Dina Long Family
  • Davis Architects
  • Alfa Insurance
  • Ella Valley Wealth Advisors
  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Lambert III
  • Ida and Bruce Dunbar

Sponsorship Opportunities

Marla Corts shaking hands

A portion of the proceeds from the Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series will benefit scholarships for students pursuing a degree within Orlean Beeson School of Education.


Sponsorship opportunities are available annually. Contact Kathy Acton at 205-726-4224 or email for more information.