Published on February 11, 2013 by Mary Wimberley
Dr. Norfleete Day has been named 2013 Distinguished Master of Divinity Alumna by Samford University's Beeson Divinity School. She was presented the award by Beeson dean Dr. Timothy George at a service on February 5.
Day was a member of Beeson's first entering class of students in 1988. She received her M.Div. degree in 1993 and later earned a Ph.D. in New Testament from Baylor University.
She returned to teach at Beeson in the areas of biblical studies, including Hebrew and Greek, and spiritual formation until she retired in 2009. The U.S. Navy veteran also holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Alabama.
In presenting the award, George cited Day for her "exemplary and faithful service in the academy and in the church of Jesus Christ."
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.