Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-03-24

Kelly Fitzgerald of Madison, Miss., was elected president of the Student Bar Association for 2003-04 at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. Fitzgerald, a second-year law student, was elected by the 488-member Cumberland student body. She will serve as the primary liaison between students and the law school administration.

Other newly elected SBA officers are: John Isaac Southerland of Kinston, N.C., vice president; Ashley Mims of Marietta, Ga., secretary; and Hans Schmidt of Nashville, Tenn., treasurer.


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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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.