Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-12-01

Four members were elected to the Samford University Board of Trustees during the board's fall meeting Nov. 30.
Rev. Dr. Gerald C. Hallmark of Alexander City and Mazen M. Sahawneh of Mobile were elected as first-time members. Hallmark is senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Alexander City. Sahawneh is an optometrist with Optical Dimensions, Mobile.

Former board members Rev. Dr. Charles T. Carter and Victor E. Nichol, Jr., both of Birmingham, were elected as returning trustees, each after a one-year rotation off the board. Carter is retired senior pastor, Shades Mountain Baptist Church. Nichol is president and CEO, Alabama Bankers Bank.

Currently serving trustees who were re-elected are: business executives D. Warren Bailey, Robert Holmes, Jr., and Thomas P. Williams, all of Birmingham; and attorney Albert L. Shumaker of Centre.

William J. Stevens of Birmingham, president and CEO, Motion Industries, Inc., was re-elected chairman of the 47-member board. Birmingham businessman W. Randall Pittman was re-elected secretary. Newly elected officers of the board are Huntsville businessman C. Thomas Houser, vice chairman and chairman of the executive committee; and Birmingham businessman Harry B. (Buck) Brock, III, assistant secretary.

Trustees who completed terms of service at the November meeting and will rotate off the board are: N. Carlton Baker, Jr., Michael A. Drummond, M.D., Dan L. Hendley and Richard D. Horsley, all of Birmingham; and John A. Caddell of Montgomery.


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.