Posted by William Nunnelley on 2006-08-28

Dr. Nancy C. Biggio, a member of the Samford in Mission (SIM) team since January 2005, has been named director of the SIM program. She succeeds Dr. Dan Sandifer-Stech, who left Samford to become pastor of an interdenominational church in Beijing, China.

Biggio, who teaches cultural perspectives in Samford's core curriculum program, has been involved in a variety of SIM activities during the past year. She planned and executed the Faith in Action national student conference, established the Perry County Study Center, began initial planning for the Inter-School Symposium and launched the Samford Corps.

"Because of the consistent work of the SIM team and close collaboration between Dan and Nancy, we are confident that SIM will move smoothly through this transition and continue this important work," said Samford Associate Provost Mark Bateman.

Biggio holds the bachelor of arts degree from Drew University and master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of Alabama.

The SIM program was funded by a $2 million Lilly Endowment grant in 2002. It provides opportunities for students to work with faculty and staff in programs of service and work while engaging in reflection on vocation and mission.

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.