Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-01-20

Samford University will recognize faculty and staff for years of service at an awards luncheon at The Club on Thursday (JAN. 22).

School of Performing Arts faculty member Dr. Betty Sue Shepherd, with 45 years of service, is this year’s longest serving employee. She has taught piano at Samford since the school was known as Howard College and was located in East Lake.

Dr. Myralyn Allgood, chair of the department of World Languages and Cultures, will be recognized for 40 years of service.

Other honorees for plateaus of service are:

Dr. Fred Hendon, School of Business, and Dr. James Henson, School of Performing Arts, 35 years.

Dr. Charlotte Freeman, School of Education and Professional Studies, Dr. Marlene Rikard, history, and Dr. Nancy Whitt, English, 30 years.

Judy Bourrand, School of Nursing, Dr. Henry Glotfelty, physics, Rebecca Hutto, law library, Ralph Stone, law and Olivia Wood, library, 25 years.

Alice Bullington, law library, Dr. Thomas Corts, president, Robert Goodwin, law; Mattilyn Harless, math and computer science, Edward Martin, law, Barbara Money, nursing, and Lynda Reynolds, law, 20 years.

Eighty-three other faculty and staff members will be recognized for 15, 10 and five-year plateaus of service.


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.