Published on March 29, 2018 by Maryellen Newton  
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Samford University has selected 15 new Samford Ambassadors for the 2018-19 academic year. They join 20 current ambassadors who also will serve next year. 

To be considered, ambassadors had to possess humility, hospitality and service. Other qualities the officers looked for were professionalism, conversation skills, social cues and enthusiasm for Samford. Candidates are recommended by a Samford employee or current ambassador and are selected after a series of interviews. This year, approximately 170 students were nominated for the 15 positions. 

The ambassadors assist Samford’s administration with donor, constituent and community relations, act as liaisons between Samford and its many constituents, and serve as hosts at events on and off campus. 

The new Samford Ambassadors are:

Jay Barr, sophomore marketing major from Bessemer, Alabama

Cambron Bice, freshman journalism and mass communication and social entrepreneurship and management major from Alexander City, Alabama

Hampton Dortch, sophomore finance major from Birmingham

Ben Garner, freshman sports administration major from Opelika, Alabama

Dana Gerler, sophomore biology major from Brentwood, Tennessee

Alondra Hampton, freshman pre-business: business management major from Nashville, Tennessee

Hannah Harris, freshman journalism and mass communication major from Winston Salem, North Carolina

Kyle Holden, freshman business management major from Windermere, Florida

Elliot Kircher, sophomore accounting and finance major from Mooresville, North Carolina

Clay Long, sophomore political science major from Franklin, Tennessee

Taylore Miller, freshman religion major from Orlando, Florida

Emily Small, junior sports medicine major from Tampa, Florida

Jud Tarence, sophomore nursing major from Birmingham

Trent Taylor, junior political science major from Carrollton, Georgia

Peyton Welch, junior economics and communication studies major from Slidell, Louisiana. 

Justin Anderson, junior accounting major from Pelham, Alabama, is the 2018 Samford Ambassador president. Tori Fiscus, sophomore psychology major from Orlando, Florida, is vice president. Chase Marshburn, junior English major from Anderson, South Carolina, is secretary.

Maryellen Newton is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Division of Marketing and Communication.

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.