Published on March 3, 2017 by Philip Poole  

The executive committee of Samford University’s board of trustees adopted a new campus master plan during its winter meeting Feb. 28.

The full board had given approval to the master plan concept in December, but the final 300-plus page report was presented to the executive committee for final approval. University officials said the plan features four phases that align with the university’s strategic plan, and address needs in a “long-term, fiscally appropriate and responsible way” over a 10–20-year implementation.

Phase one, which is already underway, includes new residence facilities to accommodate expected growth, renovation of existing academic space for Howard College of Arts and Sciences and the School of the Arts, and centralized relocation of admission and other student services offices.

Phase two includes enhanced teaching and learning spaces, renovations to the university center and other academic spaces, and additional parking. Phase three includes potential expansion of College of Health Sciences facilities, and additional residential space and parking to accommodate expected enrollment growth.

Phase four and independent projects might include renovations to student recreation and fitness facilities, athletics facilities, the fine arts center, and additional housing and parking.

Trustees also approved new faculty in law, and health informatics and information management. Twenty-five faculty were reappointed to endowed chairs and professorships.

Trustees heard an update on the university infrastructure improvement project in partnership with Johnson Controls Inc. Construction is underway on a chiller plant renovation that will be completed later in the spring. Other projects and sustainability initiatives are ongoing.

Athletics reported to trustees that Samford was the only NCAA Division I institution in the country whose football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams all qualified for NCAA postseason play.

The next meeting of the board of trustees is May 2.

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.