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.


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.