Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-01-25

Most Samford University students will return to campus in the next several days for the beginning of spring semester classes on Monday, Jan. 25. As of Jan. 21, a total of 4,449 students were enrolled for spring courses at Samford.

Samford provost Dr. Brad Creed will speak at the university’s opening convocation in Wright Center at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

The convocation will feature the presentation of two faculty awards: the George Macon Award for outstanding performance as a teacher, and the new Jennings B. Marshall Award for significant and sustained service contributions.


Students and faculty in Samford’s Beeson Divinity School will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its chapel during a separate convocation at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Beeson divinity dean Dr. Timothy George will speak during the service in A. Gerow Hodges Chapel.

The divinity school, established in 1988, dedicated its distinctive chapel in 1995. In 2002, the chapel, a spectacular demonstration of Protestant sacred art, was named for Andrew Gerow Hodges, a longtime trustee of Samford and personal friend of school benefactor Ralph W. Beeson.

Students in Samford’s Cumberland School of Law and McWhorter School of Pharmacy began spring courses earlier this month.

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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.