Published on June 9, 2012 by Philip Poole
Samford University graduate Anna Laura Bryan was crowned Miss Alabama 2012 Saturday night (June 9). Bryan is a May graduate who earned a degree in interior architecture. She is from Decatur, Ala., and was competing as Miss Hoover.
First runner-up was 2011 Samford alumna Susan Hamm
Bryan continues a long tradition of Samford students and alumnae who have worn the Miss Alabama crown. Deidre Downs Gunn, a 2002 Samford graduate, won the Miss America 2005 crown as Miss Alabama.
Birmingham News profile
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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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.