IABCU Offices Moving to Samford Campus
Posted by Philip Poole on 2014-06-17
Offices for the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Schools (IABCU) are relocating to the Samford University campus as soon as transitions can take place.
The organization's membership approved the relocation at the annual meeting earlier in June following a year-long study by a Commission on the Future of the Association. The association will be housed in Samford's Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.
The association, which was founded in 1949 under the auspices of the former Southern Baptist Education Commission, has 47 dues-paying member institutions. Presidents and chief academic officers represent the IABCU member schools. Groups representing student affairs, communications/marketing, denominational relations and others often meet as part of the association.
Under a reorganization approved at the annual meeting, the association will employ an executive secretary who will have offices at Samford and work under the direction of the association president to perform many of the tasks previously assigned to the association's associate director. Timothy Fields, who had served as IABCU associate director for 17 years, is retiring, as is current executive director Michael Arrington. Both of those positions were eliminated with the reorganization.
Samford was one of six IABCU-member institutions that submitted proposals to house IABCU. Samford President Andrew Westmoreland is a former association president, and Provost and Executive Vice President J. Bradley Creed has served on the association's board of directors.
"Samford has a long and storied history as a member of this association, and we are pleased to become its home for the foreseeable future," said Creed. "This is a collaborative opportunity that affirms Samford's leadership role in Baptist higher education."
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 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 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.