Posted by William Nunnelley on 2003-07-02

Samford University named Dr. Marlene M. Reed the Margaret Gage Bush University Professor. Dr. Reed succeeds Dr. Edward Felton, who retired earlier, as holder of the endowed chair in the Samford School of Business.

The appointment was announced by School of Business Dean Carl W. Gooding.

A Samford faculty member since 1981, Reed has been Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics. She was named Alabama Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1994.

She is a member of the Council of Economic Advisors for the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce. Reed lectures regularly on international business in Kiev and Kharkov, Ukraine, and Yerevan, Armenia. She has written numerous articles and case studies in journals and textbooks.

She is past president of the Southwest Case Research Association and of Network Birmingham and a board member of the North American Case Research Association.


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.