Posted by Philip Poole on 2010-01-12

Samford University recognized 1,295 years of combined service spanning five decades during the annual employee service awards luncheon Jan. 12.


William A. Nunnelley, director of media and public relations, was honored for 45 years of service, and Lowell Vann, professor of art, was honored for 40 years of service.

Noting Nunnelley’s role in starting most of Samford’s current university-wide news publications, W. Randall Pittman, vice president for university advancement said, “Bill Nunnelley has had more opportunities to tell the Samford story than anyone else. Through all the changes he has experienced at Samford, he has remained deeply loyal to the university.”

Vann’s faculty colleague Robin Snyder said of his longevity, “He has more energy than all the rest of us combined.”  Vann’s faith is “evident in his everyday life” and his “influence on artists in Birmingham has been vast,” Snyder added.

Recognized for 35 years of service were Marione Nance, biology; Don Sanders, music; and Mary Wimberley, media and public relations.  Dollie Brice and Donna Dunaway, exercise science and sports medicine, both were honored for 30 years of service.

The following also were recognized at the luncheon:

25 years – Jim Angel and Chris Gillespie, exercise science and sports medicine; Mark Fuller, facilities services; Ron Hunsinger, biology; Glenda Martin, arts and sciences; and Jack Nelson, law.

20 years – Jeanie Box, education; Lee Carmon, university services; Linda Conner and Tracy Luke, law; Lisa Dodd, print shop; Cat Evans, library; Beth Gilbert, religion; Bob Gray and Dennis Self, technology services; Connie Macon, music; Ken Mathews and Frank Thielman, divinity; Morgan Ponder, chemistry; and Pam Sims, pharmacy.

15 years – Jim Barnette, religion; Sandy Brinson, divinity; Amy Broeseker, Iris Jackson, Valerie Prince, Robert Riggs and Paula Thompson, pharmacy; Lamar Burton, technology services; Janet Carr, financial services; Jackie Davis, nursing; Jill Evans, law; Sharon Lawhon, music; Tabitha Moore, library; Mike Morris, women’s basketball; and Linda Sneed, bursar.

10 years – David Bains, religion; Janica Carter, university advancement; Abby Casey and Eric Knight, technology services; Jennifer Coleman, nursing; Betsy Dobbins, biology; David Glenn and David Hartley, Wright Center; Jann Hammel, law library; Mary Johnson, ROTC; Bryan Johnson, English; Beanie Ketcham, softball; Betty McCullough, pharmacy; Debbie McGrady, journalism and mass communication; Nena Sanders, nursing; Lynette Sandley, core curriculum; Chuck Sands, education; and Jennifer Taylor, library.

Five years – Becky Ard and Josh Thomas, operations and planning; Elizabeth Baker and Paul House, divinity; Mark Bateman, education; Bill Belski, Chad Carson and Jeremy Thornton, business; Nancy Biggio, assistant provost; Charlotte Brammer, communication studies; Tony David, Casey Dunn and Mick Fieldbinder, baseball; Michelle Durban, athletics administration; Janet England, counseling services; Woodie Eubanks, golf; Angela Ferguson, world languages and cultures; Ashley Floyd, University Fellows; Lisa Garrett and Nancy Piazza, career development center; Tan Hall, nursing; Libby Hamby, bookstore; Mandy Hilsmier, teacher education; Michael Hogue, Jarret Melick and Angela Thomason, pharmacy; Cindy Kennington, biology; Ken Kirby, core curriculum; Nick Madsen, campus recreation; Tanya Martin, residence life; Nicki McWilliams, institutional effectiveness; Andy Montgomery, classics; Elaine Moody, university ministries; Andy Parrish, WVSU-FM; Chris Roper, post office; Zac Schrieber, sports information; Jennifer Sims and Jeff Whitcomb, law; Debbie Strickland, library; Connie Walker, law library; Jason Wallace, history; and Jay Yelton, soccer.

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.