Published on May 8, 2012 by Mary Wimberley  

Samford University's Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies honored faculty, staff and an alumna for outstanding achievement and service during an April 26 program.

Award recipients included:

Outstanding Scholarship, Dr. Clara Gerhardt, professor, family studies.

Outstanding Teaching, Dr. John K. Petrella, assistant professor, kinesiology and nutrition science.

Outstanding Spiritual Impact, Dr. Jim Angel, professor and associate dean, kinesiology and nutrition science.

Outstanding Staff Member, Susan Kalinich, program assistant, family studies.

Outstanding Alumna, Barbara West Snyder, Bachelor of Science, Class of 1993, assistant principal, Shelby County High School.

The awards were presented at an end-of-year meeting of education faculty and staff.


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.