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.

Outreach Fellow Application

Please review the following Americorps VISTA Full-time Position with the Mann Center in Perry County. This full-time position is a year-long service and leadership program open to college graduates interested in strengthening Samford’s commitment and service to the Perry County community. The goal of the project is to increase the organizational capacity of partnering organizations in Perry County that serve low-income communities and families. The VISTA will develop policies, procedures and programming that result in improved university-community project operations and effectiveness. By building long-term sustainability and enhancing the positive impact of Samford University’s community partnerships, this VISTA member will support McWhorter’s outreach efforts in Perry County as well as the growing number of Mann Center initiatives that engage university students and employees.

Application Details

Successful candidates will exhibit a record of community service and/or civic engagement; demonstrated leadership; the ability to work well with a diverse group of individuals, including college students, children, the elderly, working families, and community-based partners; the ability to multi-task and exhibit flexibility in a fast-paced environment; and a positive attitude.

Terms and Benefits

This position is a full-year commitment. AmeriCorps benefits with this position include the following:

  • A monthly living stipend (totaling $11,800 before taxes)
  • Health insurance
  • Child care assistance (if eligible)
  • A $5,815 educational award for graduate studies or student loans (to be received at the end of the service year upon successful completion of the program)

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