Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-05-07

Healthcare executive Curtis James has been named Alumnus of the Year by the Samford University School of Business.

James, president and chief executive officer, St. Vincent's Hospital and Seton Health Corporation, earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Samford in 1996. He received the alumnus award during an April 29 School of Business awards convocation.

Prior to joining St. Vincent's Hospital in 1976, James, a Certified Public Accountant, spent five years with Ernst & Young. He was named to the top post at St. Vincent's in 1998. His responsibilities include strategic leadership, operation oversight and network development activities.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The ceremony included presentation of awards to outstanding undergraduate business students and three faculty members: Dr. Steven Jones, excellence in teaching award; Dr. Betsy Holloway, outstanding scholarship award; and Dr. Doug Smith, distinguished service award.

Acting business dean Dr. Marlene Reed also received a special citation for her service to students and faculty.


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.