Published on March 4, 2015 by Jack Brymer  
Andrew Westmoreland portrait

Samford University President Andrew Westmoreland was elected president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAPICU) for 2015-16 at the annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. Westmoreland succeeds Kim Clark, president of Brigham Young University--Idaho.

AAPICU was established in 1968 as a voice for independent education in Washington, D.C. Resolutions debated at annual meetings include charitable deductions, affirmative action, government regulation of amateur athletics, the energy crisis, tax exemption, student aid and Title IX.

“This latest honor for President Westmoreland further affirms the national reputation that Samford University has,” said William J. Stevens, chair of Samford’s board of trustees. “Our university’s influence in higher education is stronger than ever because organizations choose Samford people like Dr. Westmoreland as leaders. As he so often says about others in the Samford family, the world is better for it.”

The annual meeting includes the Thomas E. Corts Memorial Roundtable, which addresses questions and concerns raised by the Panel of Legal Experts in an earlier meeting of the annual conference. The late president of Samford University, who joined AAPICU when he first became a college president in the early 1980s, placed high value on the informal idea swapping at annual meetings. "I never leave a meeting without two or three ideas that have actually worked for respected presidential colleagues," he said.

Corts served as president of the association from 1993-95 and introduced Westmoreland to the group in 1998 when he became president of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas. Westmoreland has been Samford's president since 2006.

Westmoreland also is in his second term as chair of the board of trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the regional accrediting body.


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.