Published on March 26, 2019 by Sarah Cain  

Samford University has selected 20 new Samford Ambassadors for the 2019-20 academic year. They join 17 current ambassadors who also will serve next year. 

Ambassadors are chosen to represent Samford University as hosts during special events on and off campus, act as liaisons between the university and its many constituencies and assist the president and vice presidents of the university as needed.

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 selection committee based their decisions off of 1 Peter 4:8-10,” Allison Strickland, assistant director of alumni programs and Legacy League, said. “This means that they tried to determine a unique God-given gift in each person and hoped to figure out how this gift could be used to serve the university as an ambassador.”

The new Samford Ambassadors are:

Andrew Brock, sophomore pre-business major, from Lilburn, Georgia

Grayson Byram, freshman from Trussville, Alabama

E.J. Castro, sophomore worship and the arts major from Jacksonville, Florida

Drayton Cullen, junior history and classics double major from Pelham, Alabama

Hope Dawson, sophomore journalism and mass communication major from Birmingham

Dane Dunnavan, sophomore finance major from Orlando, Florida

Warren Fitzpatrick, sophomore accounting major from Mountain Brook, Alabama

Haley Sue Harbison, freshman journalism and mass communication major from Hayden, Alabama

Jacob Hopkins, freshman marketing and finance major from Tupelo, Mississippi

Daylan Jhin, sophomore management major from Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Mallory Messer, sophomore pre-business major from Mobile, Alabama

Margo Moyes, sophomore human development and family sciences major from Kansas City, Missouri

Anna Claire Noblitt, freshman communication studies major from Fairhope, Alabama

Jody Parker, freshman psychology major from Mobile, Alabama

Kyle Parker, freshman pharmacy major from Madison, Alabama

Camryn Pierce, freshman health sciences major from Jonesboro, Arkansas

Olivia Pride, freshman international relations major from Birmingham

Rex Stewart, sophomore psychology major from Jacksonville, Florida

Mike Williams, junior marketing major from McCalla, Alabama

Luke Williams, sophomore communication studies major, Dawsonville, Georgia 

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.