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.


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.