Published on May 11, 2010 at 7 p.m. by Philip Poole  

Twenty-six Samford University faculty members recently received promotions and tenure, effective with the 2010-11 academic year.

Promoted from associate professor to full professor were Kim Benner, pharmacy; Les Ennis, education; Kathryn Fouse, music; Randolph Horn, political science; and Mary Karlet, nursing. 

New associate professors are Carl Beckwith, divinity; William Belski, Charles Carson and Jeremy Thornton, business; Charlotte Brammer, communication studies; Jill Cunningham, nursing; Lajuana Davis and Wendy Greene, law; Mandy Hilsmier, education; Janie Kennedy, mathematics; and David Luthin, Angela Thomason and Bruce Waldrop, pharmacy. 

Jaroslaw Szurek was promoted from assistant to associate librarian.

Promoted from instructor to assistant professor were Julie Head and Jennifer Steele, nursing.

In addition to promotions, the following were awarded tenure: Belski, Brammer, Carson, Hilsmier, Karlet, Thomason, Thornton and Waldrop.

Other faculty receiving tenure include Cameron Crotts, music; Alyssa Dirusso, law; Michael Hogue, pharmacy; and Andrew Konitzer, political science.

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.