Posted by Mary Wimberley on 1999-11-17

Longtime Samford University Theatre director Harold Hunt, now retired, has been awarded the 1999 Theatre Hall of Fame Award by the Alabama Conference of Theatre and Speech (ACTS).

The award, which recognizes past pioneers in Alabama theatre, was presented at the ACTS Fall conference Oct. 23 at Auburn University.

Hunt joined the Samford faculty in 1963 and served as head of the department of speech and dramatic arts from 1966 until his retirement in 1997.

During his 34-year Samford tenure, he directed more than 100 plays.

A former president of the Alabama Speech and Theatre Conference, he was active in regional and national associations.


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.