Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-11-07

Melinda Toole, a senior elementary education major from Birmingham, was crowned Miss Samford University 2006 Friday, Nov. 4. She will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama pageant in June.

Toole also won the lifestyle, fitness and swimsuit award, and was picked by contestants to receive the congeniality award. A graduate of Pinson Valley High School, she is the daughter of Ann and Donald Toole. Her pageant platform is character education.

Finalists were Charissa Cowart of Mobile, first runner-up; and Katie Robertson of Atlanta, Ga., second runner-up.

Jessica Terry of Birmingham won the talent competition for her piano performance.


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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.