Posted by Philip Poole on 2012-01-23

Samford University honored 128 employees with 1430 years of cumulative service to the university during the annual employee awards luncheon Jan. 19.

History professor James Brown was honored for 40 years on the faculty, and law professor Joe Blackburn was recognized for 35 years.

Bruce Foster, pharmacy school administrator, and Becky Warr, nursing faculty, were honored for 30 years of service each.

Also honored during the ceremonies were:

25 years – J.D. Burson, technology services; Ed Cherry, library; David Foreman, mathematics; Roger Lander, pharmacy; James Lewis and LaVone Warren, law; and Mike McCormack, purchasing.

20 years – Janet Alexander and Geri Beers, nursing; Sherry Baldone, technology services; Charlotte Coleman, Spanish; Michael Floyd and Pattie Harris, law; Jackie Goldstein, psychology; Larry Harper and John Venable, business; Dennis Jones, journalism and mass communication; Ed Landers, education; Jimmy Tillette, athletics; and Linda Vandiver, event management and space utilization.

15 years – Daphne Carr, education; Aaron Farrow, facilities management; Rosemary Fisk, core curriculum; Ginger Frost, history; Kathey Gassner and James Reburn, business; Alan Hargrave, physics; Randolph Horn, business affairs; Elaine Marshall and Jane Martin, nursing; Deborah McNeal, student affairs; Mary Monk-Tutor, pharmacy; Darlene Robbins, divinity; Sonya Stanley, mathematics; Julie Steward, English; and Debi Whitcomb, technology services.

10 years – Janice Brantley, John Carroll, Grace Simms and Belle Stoddard, law; Gary Bumgarner, pharmacy; Marian Carter and Margie Findlay, nursing; John David Chatta, Ernie Gates, Don Nation and Dale Skelton, technology services; Doug Clapp, classics; Brad Creed, provost; Debbie Crowson, Sara Gould and Kim Sims, student records; Grant Dalton and Moya Nordland, music; Steve Donaldson, computer science; Patrice Donnelly, exercise science and sports medicine; Scott Fisk and Robin Snyder, art; Kathy Flowers, core curriculum; Sean Flynt,  Debbie Mize and Renee Pelfrey, university advancement; Sherry Gotlieb, adult degree program; Steve Jones, business; Dee McAdams, children’s learning center; Mary McCullough and Vicki Thornburg, world languages and cultures; Patricia Outlaw, divinity; Bridget Rose, academic success center; Chris Scott, athletics; David Whitt, capital planning and improvement; and Shauna Yelton, health services.

5 years – Joe Adams, Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama; Ivy Alexander, Franz Lohrke, Yolanda Long and Ginger Robertson, business; Bernie Ankney, journalism and mass communication; Andy Benson and Naomi Gillilan, public safety; Carissa Bradley and David Goodwin, university advancement; Kristie Chandler, family studies; Kacey Cole and Jenny Lucas, residence life; Stephanie Craig, health services; Carolyn Crocker, world languages and cultures; Jennifer Epperson and Elizabeth Martin, financial aid; Brandon Evans, Brandon Herring, Ross Newton and Pat Sullivan, athletics; Lisa Falletta, children’s learning center; David Frings, biology; Harold Goss and Dana Webster, university library; Bob Greene and Jeff Price, law; Joseph Hopkins, arts; Vickie Jefferson and Ian Schwarting, accounting and financial services; Alan Jung, exercise science and sports medicine; Mary Karlet, nursing; Matt Kerlin, university ministries; Darlene Kuhn and Andrew Westmoreland, office of the president; David Luthin, pharmacy; Melissa Matthews, Sydney Park and Kurt Selles, divinity; Polly McKay and Elizabeth Sorrell, payroll; Justin Pack, Brandon Rawls and Romar Smith, technology services; Amy Patterson, human resources; Lucy Phillips, facilities management; Jeffrey Powell, mathematics; Karen Rayburn, academic services; Jim Smisek, music; Brian Willett, admission; Michael Wilson, Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence; and Patti Wood, education.


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.