Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-05-19

Birmingham executive and community leader Della Fancher was named Alumnus of the Year by the Samford University School of Business during its annual undergraduate awards ceremony May 9.

Fancher, president and CEO of Founders Trust Company, holds a bachelor's degree in business and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from Samford. She is founder and president of the Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation, and president of the Cahaba Heights Citizens Association. Fancher serves as chairman of the 36-member Samford School of Business Dean's advisory board.

Three Samford business professors were also recognized for outstanding performance in various categories: Dr. Mary Ann Hocutt, excellence in teaching; Dr. James E. King, outstanding scholarship; and Dr. Jennings Marshall, distinguished service.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.