Published on January 22, 2015 by Philip Poole  
Service Awards 2015

Samford University honored 132 employees representing 1,560 years of service during the annual employee recognition luncheon Jan. 22.

William A. Nunnelley, senior editor and director of public relations, was honored for 50 years of service. Nunnelley, who earned two degrees from Samford, has served in several capacities during his Samford career, including as sports information director and as the founding and current editor of Seasons, the university’s news magazine.

“What I discovered about Bill, from day one, was an incredible public relations practitioner, an extraordinary editor, a gentle, thoughtful soul and the consummate gentleman,” said Philip Poole, Samford’s executive director of university communication. “I can’t imagine what Samford would be like without Bill. He truly exemplifies ‘the world is better for it.’”

Donald Sanders, professor of music, and Mary Wimberley, senior news and feature writer, were recognized for 40 years.

Jeff Flaniken, assistant professor of music, introduced Sanders on behalf of School of the Arts Dean Joseph Hopkins, who is studying in Indonesia.

“[Sanders] is the mentor who inspires students to devote themselves to music, and he is the teacher we all hope to be,” Hopkins wrote in tribute to Sanders. “I believe Don Sanders represents the foundation of this university. All of what we accomplish is built upon this legacy of exemplary teaching, service and leadership.”

In introducing Wimberley, Poole said she is “the best writer on our staff.”

“Mary is an excellent writer of extraordinary stories, as she has demonstrated time and again in finding and telling those Samford stories that get to the heart of who we are as an institution,” he added.

Dollie Brice, kinesiology, was honored for 35 years as a faculty member.

Thirty-year employees who were recognized included Jim Angel, kinesiology; Mark Fuller, facilities management; Ron Hunsinger, biology; and Glenda Martin, arts and sciences.

Honored for 25 years of service were Linda Conner, continued learning; Lisa Dodd, printing; Catherine Evans, library; Tracy Luke, law; Connie Macon, Academy of the Arts; Kenneth Mathews and Frank Thielman, divinity; Morgan Ponder, chemistry; Dennis Self, technology services; and Pamela Sims, pharmacy.

Twenty-year honorees included Jim Barnette, religion; Sandra Brinson, divinity; Amy Broeseker, Valerie Prince, Robert Riggs and Paula Thompson; pharmacy; Lamar Burton, technology services; Janet Carr, financial services; Jill Evans, law library; Joan Jackson, continued learning; Sharon Lawhon, music; and Michael Morris, athletics.

Receiving 15-year awards were David Bains, religion; Janica Carter, marketing and communication; Abby Casey and Eric Knight, technology services; Jennifer Coleman, nursing; Betsy Dobbins, biology; Jann Hammel, law library; Bryan Johnson, University Fellows; Nena Sanders, health sciences; Lynette Sandley, core curriculum; Elizabeth McCullough, pharmacy; and Jennifer Taylor, library.

Among the 31 employees honored for 10 years of service were Becky Ard, facilities; Mark Bateman and Mandy Hilsmier, education; Bill Belski, Chad Carson and Jeremy Thornton, business; Nancy Biggio, academic affairs; Charlotte Brammer, communication studies; Tony David, Casey Dunn, Michelle Durban, Zac Schrieber and Jay Yelton, athletics; Janet England, student affairs; Angela Ferguson, international programs; Libby Hamby, bookstore; Michael Hogue and Angela Thomason, pharmacy; Paul House, divinity; Cindy Kennington, biology; Melodie King, Academy of the Arts; Nick Madsen, campus recreation; Tanya Martin, residence life; Andy Montgomery, classics; Elaine Moody, spiritual life; Andy Parrish, marketing and communication; Chris Roper and Jeff Whitcomb, technology services; Debbie Strickland, library; Connie Walker, law library; and Jason Wallace, history.

The largest group of employees, 59, received 5-year service awards, including Bill Baker, Sandra Bright, Charse Brown, Charlie Cope, Preston Cowden, Ronald Edmonds, Authur Fluker, Bill Foster, Detrek Gaboya, Mike Grace, Art Griffin, Herman Harris, Karen Howell,
Wayne Lawley, Mark Mathieu, Mike McCluskey, Jeff Moreman, Alberto Pinon and Danny Williams, facilities management; Jack Berry, psychology; Jessica Bosley, education; Sherri Brown, Vicki Gaston and Val Merrill, divinity; Erin Carroll, Connie Cox, David Hutchens and Rusty Johnson, law; Susan Cooper, university services; Cyndi Cortes and Amy Snow, nursing; Mike Darwin, Matt DeFore, Leslie Jones, Casey Jo Kersey, and Debbie Partridge, business and financial affairs; Doug Davis and Debbie Duke, health sciences; Lee Farquhar and Sheree Martin, journalism and mass communication; Mike Gillispie, post office; Sara Helms and Darin White, business; Keisha Howard, Marvin Julich, Sam Shade and Lori Strand, athletics; P. J. Hughes, Maryam Iranikhah, Cheryl Miller and Whitney White, pharmacy; Amber Kustos, president’s office; Robert Moore and Noah Slaughter, logistics; Claude Rhea, university advancement; Patty Roark, financial aid; Stephanie Sides, marketing and communication; Delane Tew, history; and Tim Wolfe, academic affairs.

“This is our opportunity to say thank you for what you have done to further the mission of Samford University,” Fred Rogan told the honorees. “We recognize you for your commitment and loyalty to Samford.”

Rogan is Samford’s director of Human Resources.


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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.