Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-03-05

Habitat for Humanity International founder Millard Fuller will present this year's James A. Auchmuty Lecture at Samford University Thursday, March 13. The former Habitat president will speak at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel. The public is invited.

Fuller's 29-year leadership forged Habitat into a worldwide Christian housing ministry, building 200,000 homes with projects in 100 countries worldwide. In 2005, he and a group of partners founded the Fuller Center for Housing, another vehicle to use toward eliminating poverty housing.

A reception and book signing for the new biography on Linda and Millard Fuller, The House That Love Built, will follow the speech.

The Auchmuty Lecture was established in 2004 by Birmingham's Shades Crest Baptist Church in partnership with Samford's Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence to honor the church's retired pastor. Dr. Auchmuty, a 1957 Samford graduate, served the church for 27 years.

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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.