The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership is an academic center that facilitates the understanding of Christian character, servant leadership and moral integrity in Samford students through practice. We are located in Brooks Hall 227.

Each year the Mann Center provides faculty support, coordinates community-based learning opportunities and implements various other programs including Partners Acting in the Community Today (PACT), Samford Gives Back, and Mann Center Service Immersion Trips. Through these opportunities, Samford students put their faith to practice through relationships with international, national and local community partners.


The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership was founded in 2008 with support from Marvin L. Mann, a Samford University graduate who served as chairman and chief executive officer of Lexmark International prior to his retirement. The center’s name honors his wife of 53 years, the late Frances Marlin Mann. We are grateful for the support of the Mann family in making possible the work of this center.

Giving to the Mann Center

The Mann Center operates thanks to the continued support of generous donors. If you are interested in supporting the Mann Center or one of our signature programs, please contact Allison Nanni, Director of Community Engagement, at or 205-726-4634.

Community-Based Learning Fellowship

The application for the Mann Center Fellowship in Community-Based Learning is due April 8, 2019.

There are two parts to the application:

  1. Upon completing the online portion of the application linked above, Mann Center staff will email a request for specific documents mentioned in the qualtrics application.
  2. Those additional documents will include a draft of your course syllabus or the initiative you plan to launch as well as various signatures from your chair, dean, department supervisor, etc.

For questions about the application process or fellowship, please contact