Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-04-29

Thomas V. Scarritt, editor of The Birmingham News, was named 2005 Alumnus of the Year by the Samford University School of Business.

Scarritt, who earned an executive master of business administration degree from Samford in 1995, was presented the award by acting business dean Dr. Marlene Reed at an April 28 School of Business awards convocation.

An employee of the News since 1975, Scarritt was named executive editor in 1989 and was promoted to editor in 1997. In 2001, he also was named vice president of the newspaper.

The ceremony also included presentation of awards and $50,000 in scholarships to outstanding undergraduate business students. Four scholarships were awarded for the first time: the William D. Geer Scholarship honoring the late dean of the business school; the Mary Ann Hocutt Memorial Scholarship honoring the popular marketing professor who was killed in 2004, the Paul E. Hardin Award, and the Robert and Camelia Holmes Scholarship.

Three business faculty members also received awards: Sharon Jackson, excellence in teaching award; Archie Lockamy, outstanding scholarship award; and Dr. Cynthia Lohrke, distinguished service award.


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.