Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-04-22

Marigene Chamberlain has been named the first director of international studies at Samford University. In the newly-created position, Chamberlain will manage study abroad programs and services to international students and faculty, and promote activities that develop international awareness for all Samford students.

Chamberlain, a Samford graduate, was most recently director of leadership development, Hispanic/Latino ministries, United Methodist Church (UMC) General Board of Discipleship, Nashville, Tenn. She first joined the UMC staff in 1982.

A Spanish major at Samford, she holds a master's degree in Spanish from Vanderbilt University.

As a journeyman with the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention during 1984-86, Chamberlain was a librarian, English teacher, speaker and youth counselor at Baptist Theological Seminary, Santiago, Chile.

A former managing editor of Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education, she is the author of five books on Christian discipleship, including Believe, Love, Obey: Christian Discipleship in the Wesleyan Tradition. 


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.