Published on December 7, 2016 by Philip Poole  
Trustee board

Four have been elected to Samford University’s board of trustees beginning Dec. 1. The new members include two educators, a registered dietitian and a pastor.

Sue M. Belcher of Birmingham is a former teacher and part owner of Royal Automotive.

Sherri Foyt, a Birmingham homemaker and former public school teacher, is a 1990 Samford graduate and parent of two Samford graduates.

Randy Gunter, a 1994 Samford graduate, is pastor of Meadowbrook Baptist Church, Rainbow City, Alabama. He has two sons, one a recent graduate and one a current Samford student.

Rachel Corts Wachter of Spanish Fort, Alabama, is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator. A 1990 Samford graduate, she is the parent of two current students. Wachter’s late father, Thomas E. Corts, was Samford president from 1983 to 2006.

Foyt, Gunter and Wachter will serve four-year terms through 2020. Belcher was elected to fill the unexpired term of her late husband, David, who died earlier this year. Her term expires in 2019.

The 44-member board serves as the governing body for the university. Trustees serve four-year terms.

 
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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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.