Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-12-03

Four members were elected to the Samford University Board of Trustees during the board’s fall meeting at Samford Dec. 2.

Birmingham attorney W. Clark Watson, a partner in the firm of Balch & Bingham, and Decatur minister Buddy Champion, pastor of First Baptist Church, Decatur, were elected as first-time members.

Former board members S. Earl Dove of Dothan, president, The Earl Dove Company, and Elmer B. Harris of Birmingham, chairman and CEO, Center for Public Policy, were elected as returning trustees after a one-year rotation off the board.

Currently serving trustees who were re-elected are: Selma dentist Gerald A. Anderson, II; Birmingham surgeon Lev. H. Bragg; retired Gardendale anesthesiologist G. Truett Guffin; Cullman businesswoman and retired teacher Wynema J. Lowry; and retired Birmingham accountant Dale Splawn.

William J. Stevens, president and CEO of Motion Industries, Inc., Birmingham, was elected chairman of the 51-member board. Other new board officers are: Richard D. Horsley, Birmingham, vice chairman; W. Randall Pittman, Birmingham, secretary; and Robert Holmes, Jr., Birmingham, assistant secretary.


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.