Published on February 19, 2018 by Morgan Black  
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Samford University will host Nobel Prize winner Vernon L. Smith as the keynote speaker for the Samford Professional Network on March 1 at 7 a.m. in the Regions Community Resource Room in Samford’s Cooney Hall. Smith will speak on faith, science and economics. 

Smith received the Nobel Prize in 2002 in economic sciences for his work in experimental economics. He is a professor in both the Argyros School of Business and Economics and the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, Orange, California. 

Smith is author or coauthor of more than 300 books and articles on the subjects of capital theory, natural resource economics, finance and experimental economics. Several of Smith’s professional honors include being named a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association and Anderson Consulting Professor of the Year.

He completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, earned a master's degree in economics from the University of Kansas and completed his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University.

Samford alumni, students and members of the Birmingham professional community are invited to attend the networking event and can register here

Following the networking event, Smith and his wife, Candace, will spend time with economics students in Samford’s Brock School of Business. Candace Smith will facilitate professional etiquette workshops for students, and Vernon Smith will discuss institutions and growth at 10 a.m. during convocation.

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.