Published on April 15, 2020 by Sarah Cain  

The Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership has honored 11 student leaders for exemplary service during their undergraduate or graduate careers at Samford.

Students were nominated from each of Samford’s 10 academic schools by the deans, and one student-athlete was nominated by the athletics director. These 11 Samford students were chosen as tops in their respective schools in combined academics, positive character, ethical leadership and service to others. 

The students will be additionally honored remotely via video in May and one of the 11 awardees will be selected for the Joe McDade Scholarship. The scholarship includes a one-time gift established by 1961 Samford alumnus Joe McDade. 

The Mann Center’s associate director, Allison Nanni, commended all honorees on their dedication to the university’s mission. “We are grateful to Mr. McDade for his generosity in offering this scholarship (to be announced in May) to one of these 11 accomplished students. Mr. McDade’s lifelong faith walk characterized by humility, confidence and service with others provides these exceptional students with an inspiration to continue as servant-leaders long after they leave the university.”

2020 Mann Center Student Awardees:

Arsemen Brown; McWhorter School of Pharmacy (Madison, Alabama)

Payton Cato; Cumberland School of Law (Birmingham, Alabama)

Rachel Darby; Ida Moffett School of Nursing (Greenwood, South Carolina)

Cassidy Goble; Brock School of Business, Economics  (Orlando, Florida)

Abigail Hawkins; Orlean Beeson School of Education, Secondary Education (Paducah, Kentucky)

Danielle Hickman; School of Public Health, Public Health (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Aubrey Johnston; Beeson Divinity School, Master of Divinity (Vestavia Hills, Alabama)

Sydney Kwasigroh; School of Health Professions, Communication Sciences and Disorders (Jackson, Tennessee)

Taylore Miller; Samford Athletics (Orlando, Florida) 

Baxley Roberts; School of the Arts, Music (Jacksonville, Florida)

Andre’A Roper; Howard College of Arts and Sciences, English (Charleston, South Carolina)

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.