Six new members have joined Samford University's Board of Overseers. They participated in their first meeting March 8 in Birmingham.

The 50-member board includes business, community and church leaders who advise the administration and are advocates for the university.

New members are:

Randall Freeman, chief financial officer for Brasfield and Gorrie, Inc., Birmingham. Freeman is a 1984 summa cum laude graduate from Samford's business school.

Lee Henderson, president, Henderson Investments LLC, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Henderson is a 1996 Samford graduate with a degree in counseling foundations.

Kevin Newsom, an attorney from Birmingham. Newsom, a 1994 Samford graduate and a Harvard Law School graduate, is a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

Leigh Ann Pusey, president of the American Insurance Association, Washington, D.C. Pusey is a 1984 Samford graduate.

Alan Register, Birmingham city president for BBVA/Compass Bank. Register earned a business degree from Samford in 1986.

Richard Robey, an executive with Alabama Bankers Bank, based in Birmingham. Robey received a business degree from Samford in 1982.

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.