Published on December 23, 1999 at 6 p.m. by Mary Wimberley  

Birmingham accountant Dale Splawn, C.P.A., and Selma dentist Gerald A. Anderson, II, D.M.D., have been elected to the Samford University Board of Trustees. They were elected at the December meeting of the 45-member board. 

Splawn, a 1958 Samford graduate, is administrative partner with Mackle, Splawn, Tindall and McDonald, LLP. He is also a member of the executive board of the Central Alabama Council of Boy Scouts of America and a board member of Oasis agency for abused women and children. He served on the committee of the Finley character education awards program in Hoover. Splawn is a deacon at Green Valley Baptist Church. 

Anderson, a 1988 Samford graduate, is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. A member of the Selma Choral Society, he is a past president of the Selma and Dallas County Historical Preservation Society and past board member, Dallas County chapter, American Cancer Society. He is a deacon at First Baptist Church, Selma. 

Officers of the Samford board are Boyd E. Christenberry of Montgomery, chairman; Philip D. Walton, M.D., of Leeds, vice chairman and chairman of executive committee; Richard D. Horsley, of Birmingham, secretary; and H. Hobart Grooms, Jr., of Birmingham, assistant secretary. 

 
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.