Published on November 10, 2019 by Sarah Cain  
LeadershipSummit

Samford University’s annual Leadership Forum welcomed hundreds on Friday, Nov. 8, to honor the efforts of the university’s leaders and friends.

The forum recognizes the work of hundreds of individuals who serve as trustees, members of the board of overseers, advisory boards from each of Samford’s 10 academic units, the athletics council, the Legacy League, alumni associations, the board of ministerial mentors, along with student and faculty leaders and university administrators. 

Each year the forum, held during Homecoming weekend, provides insight into the university community. Bill Stevens, chair of the board of trustees, noted the common thread between all those in attendance and beyond.

“It is our mutual commitment to Samford that calls us here today as we focus on the volunteers who stand together to support the university’s mission to nurture persons For God. For Learning. Forever,” he said. 

The program spotlighted three groups of volunteers vital to the success of the university: alumni, parents and the Samford Legacy League. The keynote address was delivered by Jeanna Westmoreland, executive director of the Legacy League.

Three alumni, Stephen Dillard, Larry Kloess and Karen Carlisle also spoke on volunteerism.  Dillard is the president of the Samford Alumni Association, Kloess is the president of the Young Alumni Board of Nashville and Carlisle is the vice president of programs for the Legacy League. 

This is the fourth year of the forum, first held in 2015.

Additional Homecoming coverage:

Homecoming Recap

Alumni Candlelight Dinner

Homecoming Court

Alumni Showcase

Homecoming Traditions

 
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.