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.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.