Posted by Philip Poole on 2006-10-27

David Goodwin of Birmingham has been named director of alumni and parent programs at Samford University, effective Nov. 17.

Goodwin will provide leadership for programs related to the Samford Alumni Association and Samford Parents Association, working to build networks and ongoing relationships with those key constituencies.

"David's strong experience in recruiting and motivating volunteers will help Samford in his new role," said Michael D. Morgan, Samford's vice president for university relations. "Volunteers are the lifeblood of both the Samford Alumni Association and Samford Parents Association, and with David's help, these organizations will continue the growth and impact they have experienced in recent years."

Goodwin, a 2003 Samford graduate, has been coordinator of volunteer services for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham. Earlier, he worked for the Birmingham YMCA and in the service industry.

Goodwin represents the growing constituency group of non-traditional students within Samford's alumni base, Morgan said. Goodwin completed his degree while working full-time.

"I am thrilled to join Samford as director of alumni and parent programs," Godwin said. "My family has a wonderful history with the university, and in many ways I grew up on campus. I hope I will be able to share the excitement from campus with alumni, parents and friends around the globe. I look forward to the challenges and great fun ahead."

Goodwin's wife, Janet, is student employment coordinator at Samford.

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.