Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2012-05-08

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.


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.