Posted by Sean Flynt on 2009-07-14

Samford University has announced that Jason Black, currently Director of New Student Orientation and Campus Visits, will serve as Acting Dean of Admission. The appointment became effective July 1.

Former Dean of Admission Phil Kimrey was promoted to Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in February. The Dean of Admission search committee, comprised of faculty, staff and students, has not yet selected someone to lead the university's undergraduate recruitment efforts. Black will temporarily lead those efforts as well as the admission and scholarship review processes.

"Jason has been instrumental in leading our campus visit events and activities, especially Preview Days and Scholar's Day, coordinating numerous positive changes to the new student orientation sessions, and leads both the Student Recruitment Team and Orientation Leaders," Kimrey said. "Given the critical nature of enrollment for Samford, we believe Jason Black can help our campus at this important stage."

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.