Posted by William Nunnelley on 2000-02-17

Dr. Earl Potts, former Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Alabama Baptist State Convention, has been named Director of Ministerial Placement at Samford University.

In this capacity, he will supervise the Church Placement program, which assists students in ministry job placement, and Samford Sunday, which schedules student ministers to preach in Alabama Baptist churches.

Dr. James R. Barnette, University Minister, announced Dr. Potts' appointment. "We are thrilled he will be joining us in this capacity," said Dr. Barnette.

Dr. Potts will continue to serve as an adjunct faculty member of Samford's Beeson Divinity School.

A Randolph County native, Dr. Potts is a graduate of Samford and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was pastor of McElwain Baptist Church in Birmingham before joining the State Convention as Director of Church Ministries.

Dr. Potts served as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the State Convention from 1984 until his retirement in 1990.


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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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.