Posted by Mary Wimberley on 1999-12-29

Three Birmingham residents and a Floridian have been named to the Board of Overseers at Samford University. 

They are: Brenda Mitchell Hackney of Birmingham, Edward L. Robinson of Birmingham, Jacquelyn S. Shaia of Birmingham and Chris A. Verlander of Jacksonville, Fla. 

Hackney, who holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Samford, is president of the Hackney Foundation. 

Robinson, a Samford graduate who holds Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Purdue University, is retired professor of physics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Shaia, a graduate of UAB and Cumberland School of Law, is senior vice president, Alabama Power Company, and president Alabama Power Foundation. 

Verlander, a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Florida, is senior vice president, Associated Industries of Florida. 

The 43-member Board of Overseers was inaugurated in 1998 to provide advice and counsel to the Samford president and Board of Trustees. It includes distinguished leaders from around the nation whose perspectives offer a broad representation of the University's constituency. 


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.