Published on November 21, 2016 by Katie Stewart  
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An alumnus and a current doctoral student from Samford University’s Orlean Beeson School of Education were recently recognized for exceptional educational leadership within their communities. 

Vic Wilson was named the School Superintendents of Alabama Superintendent of the Year for his outstanding achievement in advancing public education. Wilson received this recognition based on nominations from the School Superintendents of Alabama’s nine districts. 

Wilson received his master’s degree from Samford in 2000 and his doctorate in educational leadership in 2012. He is now the superintendent of the Hartselle, Alabama, school system. 

Charles Andrew Gardner, a current student in the doctoral program for educational leadership, was recognized for his distinguished leadership as principal of Hokes Bluff Elementary School in Hokes Bluff, Alabama. 

He is one among 58 principals in the nation chosen to be recognized as a 2016 National Distinguished Principal. The National Association of Elementary School Principals will honor him in Washington, D.C., for his superior contribution to his school and community. He will have the opportunity to share his tactics on achieving the highest influence possible on his students, school and community. 

Katie Stewart is marketing and communication coordinator for Orlean Beeson School of Education.

About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of 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 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.