Posted by Chandra Splond on 2014-03-03

In celebration of the centennial of coeducation, Samford University is recognizing more than 20 women who have made significant contributions to the school-and beyond.

The women, who represent almost every decade of the last one hundred years, will be spotlighted on the homepage of the Samford website. Julia Barron, the "founding mother" of Howard College, kicked off the recognitions on March 3.

A new bio will be posted each day through the end of March, which is Women's History Month.


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.