Posted by Mary L. Wimberley on 2006-07-14

Twelve new Samford University Ambassadors have been named for the 2006-07 academic year. The students serve as hosts at campus events and represent the university in a variety of settings.

New Ambassadors are: Steve Baker of Birmingham, Lauren Cantrell of Montgomery, Elliott Dansby of Red Level, April Fernandez of Hoover, Candis Garner of Florence, Suzanne Goddard of Lakeland, Fla., Lindsay Harter of Acworth, Ga., Rachel Holland of Old Hickory, Tenn., Paul McNeese of Montgomery, Elizabeth Rhea of Duluth, Ga., Cam Rogers of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Ross Stone of Belden, Miss.

The 20-member Ambassador team works closely with the Samford President's Office and the Office of University Relations. Ambassadors are chosen on the basis of grades, leadership skills, public speaking ability, enthusiasm for Samford, personality and other qualities.

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.