Posted by Philip Poole on 2011-12-09

Three new members joined Samford University’s board of trustees Dec. 1.

Thomas T. Lamberth is president and chief operating officer for Russell Lands, Inc., in Alexander City, Ala. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Alexander City and has degrees from both Auburn University and the University of Alabama. His wife is Beth.

Timothy Vines is senior vice president of business operations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, based in Birmingham. He and his wife, Toni, are members of Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills. Vines has a finance degree from Auburn University.

Rhonda C. Witcher is office administrator for Total Pain Solutions Pharmacy in Cullman, Ala., where she is a member of First Baptist Church. Her son, Adam, is a 2010 Samford graduate, and her daughter, Sara Beth, is a Samford junior. Her husband, Brian, is a 1986 Samford graduate.

They replaced three whose terms expired: Gerald Anderson II, a dentist from Selma, Ala.; Wynema Lowery, a businesswoman and community leader from Cullman; and Dale Splawn, an accountant in Birmingham.

Two returned to the board after serving previously: John E. Bell Jr., a consultant with Oil Equipment, Inc., in Birmingham, and C. Thomas Houser, president of S3, Inc., Huntsville, Ala.

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.