Posted by Philip Poole on 2006-06-14

Samford University President Andrew Westmoreland has announced two administrative appointments.

J. Bradley Creed, Samford's provost since 2002, will have the added title of executive vice president. Creed will have more direct involvement with day-to-day operations, in addition to serving as chief academic officer.

Sarah C. Latham will become assistant to the president. Latham will oversee research and planning initiatives for the University and assist Westmoreland with management of the president's office.

Both appointments are effective immediately.

"As I have come to know members of the senior staff during the transition, I have been impressed with their competence and their keen understanding of Samford's role within the framework of higher education," Westmoreland said. "In particular, during these early days of my Samford tenure, I'm grateful to Dr. Creed and Dr. Latham for their willingness to shoulder additional responsibilities. They will make significant contributions as we continue to build on the strong foundations that are in place."

Creed joined the Samford staff and faculty in 2001 as associate provost and professor of religion. He was promoted to provost in 2002 following the retirement of Joe Lewis. A native Texan, he previously was dean of Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He has degrees from Baylor and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Latham has been Samford's director of institutional research since 2002. A California native, she earned degrees at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Florida State University. She is coordinating the University's current self-study process for accreditation affirmation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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.