Published on November 10, 2019 by Sarah Cain  

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.

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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 2nd nationally for student engagement and US News & World Report ranks Samford 86th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,729 students from 47 states and 30 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 1st nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.