Published on July 4, 2013 by Philip Poole  

In a wide-ranging interview published in the July 4 issue of The Alabama Baptist, Samford University president Andrew Westmoreland talks about religious liberty, the church and today's society. In addition to his administrative role, Westmoreland is a member of the university's political science faculty. He grew up in Arkansas, the son of a Baptist minister.


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.