Published on August 11, 2015  

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Katrina Hunter Mintz has been named assistant provost for assessment and accreditation at Samford University. The appointment is effective Sept. 1.

Since 2013, Mintz has been associate dean for assessment and associate professor in Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy. She has led the pharmacy school’s assessment initiatives in Samford’s new College of Health Sciences.

Mintz will have administrative oversight for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to support Samford's assessment and compliance work, as well as the university’s important relationships with its various accreditation agencies. She also will coordinate the university’s many state and federal compliance regulations.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Dr. Mintz’s background to fill this strategic role for Samford,” said Samford Provost J. Michael Hardin. “Her academic and administrative experience, particularly the outstanding work she already is doing for Samford, will serve her and the university well in this expanded assignment.”

Mintz earned a doctor of education degree from the University of Alabama. She currently is enrolled in Samford’s new master of science in health law and policy degree program. Earlier she earned a master of science in education and her educational specialist degrees from the University of Alabama.

Prior to coming to Samford, Mintz was a faculty member and administrator at Walden University and on the education faculties at the University of North Alabama, Lesley University and Berry College.

Mintz replaces Mary Sue Baldwin, chief institutional effectiveness officer, who is retiring. Baldwin has served in various faculty and administrative roles at Samford since 2002.

“Dr. Baldwin has served Samford University well in a variety of capacities over these 13 years,” said Samford University Andrew Westmoreland. “Her academic and administrative experience helped us to navigate assessment and accreditation processes at a time when those were becoming exceedingly complex. We are grateful for her service to Samford as a teacher and academic administrator.”

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.