Published on November 19, 2014 by Mary Wimberley  
Donta Wilson

Samford University will graduate about 288 students during fall commencement on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Banking executive Dontá Wilson, president of BB&T of Alabama, will speak at the 10 a.m. program in Wright Center.

Wilson, who joined BB&T in 1995 while in college, was named to his present post in 2009 after holding positions with BB&T in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Prince William County, Virginia. As a regional president, he is also responsible for West Georgia and Northwest Florida.

He leads corporate banking, commercial banking, retail banking, wealth management, mortgage, operations, marketing and credit administration.

Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master of business administration degree from the University of Maryland. He is a graduate of the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College and the BB&T Banking School at Wake Forest University.

Samford’s Beeson Divinity School will hold its commencement and service of consecration on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. in Hodges Chapel. Fausto Vasconcelos, director of the Division on Missions, Evangelism and Theological Reflection at the Baptist World Alliance in Washington, D.C., will speak.

Other commencement activities include:

Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. at Shades Mountain Baptist Church.

Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. in Hodges Chapel.

Graduating Senior Art Exhibit Reception in the Art Gallery following commencement on Dec. 13.


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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.