Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-08-30


Samford University acknowledged the generosity of an elite group of donors during the opening convocation of the fall semester Tuesday, Aug. 30.

The 75-member Founders Circle honors those who have supported the university with a financial commitment for at least 35 years.

“Their combined gifts over the years exceed $17 million,” said Samford president Andrew Westmoreland, adding that without them, “the Samford that we know today would not exist.”

Founders Circle members, seated together, received prolonged, appreciative applause from the Wright Center audience of students and faculty.   

The Founders Circle includes 18 members who have given to the university for 40 years or more. Five of the 40-year donors--- Lee and Catherine B. Allen, Calvin and Vivian H. Howard, and Irene McCombs--- attended the convocation and were seated on the stage.

Following the convocation, all Circle members enjoyed a luncheon at the home of President and Mrs. Andrew Westmoreland.  Specially designed pewter plates depicting Samford buildings were presented to the 40-year givers.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.