Posted by William Nunnelley on 2010-07-12

Jason E. Black, who led Samford University’s admission staff to a record year while serving as Acting Dean of Admission in 2009-2010, has been named Dean of Admission at Samford.  Black served as Acting Dean of Admission after the former dean, R. Phil Kimrey, was named Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Samford in 2009.

Black, a member of the Samford admission staff since 2004, led the admission and recruitment staff to new records in the number of freshman applications received, number of admitted freshmen and number of visitors for campus tours, appointments and information sessions.  Black was the unanimous choice of the Dean of Admission Search Committee, Dr. Kimrey noted.

“Jason Black’s organizational skills and efforts to streamline the recruitment and merit scholarship processes, along with the assistance of Samford faculty, staff and students, produced another strong freshman class with high academic quality and diversity of backgrounds, experiences and goals,” said Kimrey, who announced Black’s appointment effective July 1.

Kimrey noted that two-thirds of the class of 740 freshmen are from outside Alabama and 12 percent are minority students.

Black, a Birmingham native, joined Samford after four years as Associate Minister to Students at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Homewood.  He has served as an admissions counselor, assistant director of admissions and director of orientation and campus visits at Samford.

Black holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Samford.  He and his wife, Holly, are parents of one daughter, Evie.

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.