Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-05-30

The Samford University Extension Division awarded certificates and diplomas in biblical and theological studies to 63 students during its annual recognition service on May 10.

Rev. S. Wayne Shelton, pastor of New Temple Baptist Church, Dora, delivered the address. Shelton is an instructor in the Extension Division's Sulphur Springs Institute.

Roy A Carreker was honored for extensive study beyond the highest diploma. Carreker, associate pastor, New Temple Baptist Church, Dora, has completed more than 75 courses and 222 hours of classroom work through the Sulphur Springs Institute.

Several Institute teachers received special recognition for length of service and number of classes taught.

They are: Lenny Bolton, Montgomery Institute; Derek Boyd, Tennessee River Institute; Sigurd Bryan, Sulphur Springs Institute; Bruce Calhoun, Coffee Institute; Richard Cato, Coosa River Institute; Ben Chandler, Tennessee River Institute; J.G. Chatmon, Troy Institute; Robert Covington, Tuscaloosa Institute; Seaphues Dailey, Pickens-Lebanon Institute; Roland Davis, Chilton Institute; Thomas Fuller, Sulphur Springs Institute; Howard Golden, Draper/Staton Correctional Facilities; Charles Jones, Rainsville Institute; David Patty, Sand Mountain Institute; and Noel Walker, Montgomery Institute.

James C. Pounds is director of the Extension Division.


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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.