Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-03-07

A Samford University debate team tied for first place in recent southeast regional competition, earning the right to advance to the national tournament.

Samford debaters James Radford of Madison and James Phillips of Vestavia Hills compiled a 5-1 record to tie with West Georgia College for first place in the Southeast Regional Championship. The event was held Feb. 28-March 2 at Georgia State University.

Radford, a senior English major, was recognized as the top debater out of 100 individual competitors at the tournament.

The national debate tournament, which invites only the top 72 teams in the nation to compete, will be in Atlanta in early April.


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.