Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-05-08

Divinity professor Dr. Fisher H. Humphreys was named the inaugural recipient of the Beeson Divinity School Teaching Award at Samford University.

The award, made possible by a gift from a former Beeson Divinity School student, will be given annually. It is the first award established to recognize a Beeson Divinity professor.

"This award recognizes the enduring influence of our wonderful Beeson faculty on the lives and ministries of our students," said Beeson dean Dr. Timothy F. George in presenting the award to Dr. Humphreys. "Each of our faculty members is invested in the spiritual and pastoral formation of our students as well as in their academic preparation for service in Christ's church. It is appropriate that Dr. Fisher Humphreys receive this first award," said George.

Humphreys has served on the Beeson faculty since 1990. A specialist in the area of systematic theology, he is the author of more than 10 books, including Thinking About God, and many journal articles. He has served as pastor of churches in Mississippi, Alabama and Illinois.

Anna Teel of Mt. Pleasant Miss., was named this year's Distinguished Beeson Student. A former president of the 225-member Beeson Divinity School student body, she will receive a Master of Divinity degree during Commencement later this month.

Teel is youth director at First Baptist Church, Chalkville.


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.