Published on July 30, 2015 by William Nunnelley
In addition to the new business school building opening this fall, Samford will open an Art Lofts building in the former Lower Shop building, said Harry B. Brock III, Samford’s vice president for business and financial affairs. The adjacent Upper Shop building is being demolished to make way for a parking lot for 44 cars.
Other construction planned includes a temporary roadway and pedestrian access to Samford’s new College of Health Sciences (CHS) buildings on the eastern side of the campus, cafeteria improvements and repaving some streets. Renovation of the two CHS buildings will begin this fall or no later than January, said Brock.
Samford’s endowment stood at approximately $274 million as of June 30, reported Lisa Imbragulio, Samford’s associate vice president for business affairs.
Samford will begin the fall semester with another record enrollment. Phil Kimrey, Samford’s vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, said the University anticipates a record-size freshman class of more than 800 students. That should boost Samford above 5,000 in enrollment for the first time in history. Kimrey said Samford expects to house 2,339 students on campus.
The new business building will contain 57 classrooms, offices, conference rooms, seminar rooms and other components that donors have named with gifts totaling $2,525,000, said W. Randy Pittman, Samford’s vice president for university advancement. Pittman noted that Samford raised $18,131,342 during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The trustees approved the naming of the Beeson School of Divinity student commons library/hospitality room for longtime employee Sandy Brinson, who retired recently after 25 years of service.
The trustees also approved the election of H. Hobart Grooms Jr. as a life trustee. Grooms has served 22 years on the board of trustees beginning in 1992.
Trustees approved the appointment of J. Michael Hardin as provost, professor of quantitative analysis in the Brock School of Business and professor of biostatics in the School of Public Health.
New faculty members include:
Candice Adams-Mitchell, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, School of Health Professions
Emily Snider Andrews, instructor of music, School of the Arts
Kelly Martin Bagby, instructor of communication sciences and disorders, School of Health Professions
Brad Bennett, assistant professor of biological and environmental sciences, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Jennie Katharine Boyd, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Joanna Bradley, assistant professor of Spanish, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Diana Cheshire, associate dean, director of instruction and design and associate professor of curriculum and instruction, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
Darrell Jon Gililland Jr., assistant professor of kinesiology, School of Health Professions
Julie Hannah, assistant professor of education leadership, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
Amanda R. Howard, assistant professor of psychology, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Moniaree Parker Jones, assistant professor of nursing, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
Carol L. Koch, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, School of Health Professions
Gerald McDermott, Anglican professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School
Hollea Ryan, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, School of Health Professions
Grant Taylor, assistant dean and assistant professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School
Angela Wilson, instructor of nursing, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
Lauren Young, assistant librarian and instruction coordinator, University Library
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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.