Posted by Philip Poole on 2009-12-02

Four new trustees have been elected to Samford University’s board of trustees.  The trustees were elected by the board on Dec. 1 and began serving immediately.  Earlier, the nominees had been affirmed by messengers to the Alabama State Baptist Convention annual meeting.

Victor Brown of Birmingham is director of workforce development with the new Birmingham Business Alliance.  Previously he worked for the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and Wachovia Bank. A graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta, he is a member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in suburban Vestavia Hills. 

Don Kilgore, a 1966 Samford graduate, is involved in several real estate ventures in Jasper and Walker County, Ala.  Kilgore is active in the community and serves as a board member for United Way. He is a member of Jasper First Baptist Church.

Rod Steakley of Huntsville is an attorney and shareholder with the Sirote, Permutt firm.  He is actively involved in the community and a member of Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville. Steakley is an undergraduate and law school graduate of the University of Alabama.

Brown, Kilgore and Steakley will serve four-year terms.

Beth Thorne Stukes is a former teacher and an active community volunteer in Jasper, Ala.  She also is a member of Jasper First Baptist Church and a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Stukes will fill the unexpired term of her mother, Barbara Thorne, who died in March.



About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.