Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-11-08

Melissa Morgan, a senior journalism/mass communication and French double major from Birmingham, was crowned Miss Samford University 2005 Friday evening (NOV. 5). She will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama pageant in June.

She is the daughter of Anna and C. J. Morgan. Her platform is "Literacy--The Need to Read." A pianist, she played "Romance" by Jean Sibelius during the talent competition.

Finalists were: Rachel Holland of Old Hickory, Tenn., first runner-up; Lindsey Samples of Clanton, Ala., second runner-up; Sidney White of Birmingham, third runner-up; and Elizabeth Broome of Indianapolis, Ind., fourth runner-up.

Winners in other categories were Sidney White, lifestyle and fitness (swimsuit); Rachel Holland, talent; and Hailey Hutchinson of Gadsden, Ala., spirit of Samford.


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.