Posted by Mary Wimberley on 1999-05-27

Dr. Amanda Borden has been named Dean of Freshmen at Samford University. Dr. Borden, a Samford faculty member since 1989, will also continue some of her duties as assistant professor in the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre.

    In her new post, Dr. Borden will be the "chief faculty advocate" for student success, according to Samford Provost Dr. James S. Netherton.

    Responsibilities include Samford's summer orientation sessions, freshman seminar, advising of all "undecided" students, the S.U.ccess program and numerous other student adjustment, mentoring and academic support programs.

    Dr. Borden has been involved in restructuring Samford's core curriculum and expanding the Communication Resource Center. She has also been an active participant in the university's nationally-recognized Problem-Based Learning initiative.

    Dr. Borden holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Illinois.

    Samford enrolls some 4,600 men and women from 40 states and 30 nations.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.