Published on October 20, 2006 by William Nunnelley  

Robert H. Herz, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), will deliver the first Hodges Executive Speakers lecture sponsored by the Samford University School of Business for the Birmingham business community. The luncheon program will be Friday, Oct. 27, at 11:30 a.m. at Birmingham's Harbert Center.

The FASB, which began operations in 1973, establishes standards of financial accounting and reporting for private-sector entities, including businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Herz was formerly senior partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and its North America Theater Leader of Professional, Technical, Risk and Quality.

The Hodges Executive Speaker Series will host a number of leaders in various venues throughout the year. The program is supported by a generous gift from the late Gerow Hodges, a Birmingham business and civic leader for many years. The first Hodges program is also an event associated with the Nov. 2 inauguration of Samford President Andrew Westmoreland.

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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.