Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-05-02

A Birmingham businessman and a physician have been elected to the Samford University Board of Overseers.

Gary M. Cooney and C. Duane Randleman, Jr., M.D., were elected at the spring meeting of the Samford Board of Trustees.

Cooney, a 1974 Samford graduate, is vice chairman, McGriff, Seibels and Williams, Inc.

Randleman, a 1979 Samford graduate, is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Baptist Montclair.

John W. Duren, president of Duren Associates, Inc., Savannah, Ga., was elected to a two-year term as chairman of the 42-member Board of Overseers.

The Board of Overseers is a group of men and women of leadership and influence from around the state and nation who provide advice and counsel to the President and Trustees of the University. 

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.