Posted by Philip Poole on 2014-10-28

The executive committee of Samford University’s board of trustees approved two new academic programs and a new faculty member in their regular fall meeting Oct. 28.

A new master of social work degree was approved in the School of Public Health. University officials said the new degree would “prepare graduates for advance social work practice.” The degree includes concentrations in clinical social work and global community development. 

A minor in communication sciences and disorders was approved in the School of Health Professions. The minor includes coursework and clinical experiences. 

Nicholas B. Washmuth was approved as assistant professor of physical therapy. He has a doctor of physical therapy degree from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and a doctor of manual therapy degree from the University of Utah. Most recently he had been a physical therapist in Columbia, Illinois. 

Trustees also approved minor organizational revisions for the university’s board of overseers. The new guidelines provide a rotation plan for the 36-member group and approved 21 as overseers emeriti in recognition of their longtime service, Samford President Andrew Westmoreland said. 

Lisa Imbragulio, assistant vice president for business and financial affairs, reported that the university’s endowment as of Sept. 30 was valued at $275 million. 

Westmoreland reported that inquiries to the undergraduate admission office already are up more than 5,000 over last year, and applications are up by more than 100 over the same period in 2013. 

The next meeting of the board of trustees is Dec. 2.