Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2012-01-31


Longtime Samford University faculty members Dr. Jim Angel and Elizabeth Wells received top university awards at the opening convocation of the spring semester Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Angel, a professor in Samford’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, received the George Macon Memorial Award for outstanding performance as a teacher and counselor, and who as a friend to students shows the ability to inspire students to greatness.

Wells, special collections librarian and university archivist, received the Jennings Marshall Service Award for significant and sustained service contributions to the university.

Samford provost Dr. Brad Creed cited Angel for his commitment to students and desire to help each one achieve their fullest potential.  Angel, who has taught at Samford since 1984, was named  2009 health educator of the year by the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and received a similar award from his school of education colleagues at Samford.

Angel holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Creed noted that in Wells’ 36-year tenure at Samford, she has provided the “highest caliber” of service and edification to the university and the community.  Alabamians, Baptists, churches, families and historical societies benefit from the commitment of her work as she passionately fulfills the mission of Samford, said Creed. Wells has written many articles, and is a frequent lecturer at historical, denominational and librarian’s meetings.

Wells holds a bachelor’s in history from Judson College, a master’s in history from Auburn University and a master’s in library science from the University of Alabama.


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.