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.


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.