Posted by Mary L. Wimberley on 2006-05-01

Birmingham accountant James L. Hart has been named 2006 Alumnus of the Year by the Samford University School of Business.

A 1972 Samford business graduate, Hart is managing partner and CEO of Dent, Baker & Company, LLP. The firm's litigation services partner for more than 25 years, Hart leads its forensic accounting and litigation services division. He joined the firm in 1973, a year after earning his Samford degree.

A Certified Public Accountant and Certified Business Appraiser, Hart also holds the Accredited in Business Valuation designation.

Hart received the award from Samford business dean Dr. Beck A. Taylor during awards ceremonies for undergraduate business students on April 27.

The event included the presentation of a record $72,000 in scholarships to outstanding students. Two scholarships were awarded for the first time: the Brookwood Baptist Church/W.S. and Ruth Rivers Scholarship, and the John C. Pittman Endowment Fund Scholarship.

Three business faculty members also received awards: Larron Harper, excellence in teaching award; Chad Carson, outstanding scholarship award; and Dr. Jennings Marshall, 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.