Posted by Philip Poole on 2006-11-27

Three new members have been elected to Samford University's board of trustees, effective Dec. 1.

New trustees are former Alabama Gov. Albert Brewer of Birmingham; Joseph C. Godfrey, pastor, First Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove; and Pete M. Hanna, owner and chief executive officer, Hanna Steel Corp., Birmingham.

Trustees reelected to additional four-year terms expiring in 2010 include David Belcher, president, Royal Automotive, Inc., Birmingham; John E. Bell Jr., CEO, Oil Equipment Company, Inc., Birmingham; Harry B. Brock III, president, Express oil Development Co., Birmingham; Michael P. Dunn, managing director, Merchant Capital LLC, Montgomery; C. Thomas Houser, chief operating officer, BAE Systems Analytical Solutions, Inc., Huntsville; Charles W. Lancaster, president, Lancaster Management, Inc., Gadsden; and Barbara D. Thorne, a retired teacher from Jasper.

Samford's trustees are elected by the board and affirmed by the Alabama State Baptist Convention.

The board's winter meeting is Dec. 5.

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.