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. 


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.