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.

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.