Posted by Philip Poole on 2006-06-19

Samford University has announced the appointment of the planning committee for the inauguration of new Samford President Andrew Westmoreland. Westmoreland became president on June 1.

Committee co-chairs are Birmingham businessman William J. Stevens, chairman of Samford's board of trustees, and J. Bradley Creed, Samford provost and executive vice president.

Other committee members are Taylor Clement, Student Government Association president, representing students; James N. Lewis, vice-dean, Samford's Cumberland School of Law, representing the staff; Sarah C. Latham, special assistant to the president; Michael D. Morgan, vice president for university relations; and Don Sandley, professor of theatre, representing faculty.

The installation ceremony will be at 10 a.m. on Nov. 2. Other inauguration events and plans will be announced later, Stephens said, and additional subcommittees are expected to help the planning committee as plans are developed and implemented.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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.