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. 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.