Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2002-12-05

Four new members were elected to the Samford University Board of Trustees during the fall meeting of the board Tuesday (Dec. 3).

They are: David R. Belcher, president and owner, Royal Automotive, Inc., Birmingham; Michael P. Dunn, managing director, Merchant Capital, Montgomery; C. Thomas Houser, president, MEVATEC Corporation, Huntsville; and Charles W. Lancaster, president, Lancaster Management, Inc., Gadsden.

James Stivender of Gadsden was elected chairman of the 47-member board. Other officers are William J. Stevens of Birmingham, vice chairman; D. Warren Bailey, Hoover, secretary; and Dr. G. Truett Guffin, Gardendale, assistant secretary.

Longtime trustees Dr. J. Carey Gwin of Jasper and Wallace D. Malone Jr., of Birmingham were elected Life Trustees.

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.