Published on May 12, 2021 by Holly Gainer  
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In May, Samford University recognized the dedication of 127 employees who have worked a total of 1,570 years of service. While the university’s annual employee service awards luncheon could not take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Andrew Westmoreland personally recognized those employees who have worked at Samford for 30 years or more. Those six special honorees received a framed watercolor painting of Reid Chapel.

45 Years of Service

Howard Walthall, who recently retired from Cumberland School of Law, served as a professor for 45 years.  

“Over the course of 45 years, Howard Walthall became a legendary law professor and an absolutely critical part of this institution. His important contributions to scholarship, the state of Alabama and the legal community are many and are all enduring legacies,” said Cumberland School of Law Dean Corky Strickland. “But, his greatest impact, though, is as a teacher. Even as his nearly five decades of teaching drew to a close, he was still innovating to assure the success of yet another generation of Cumberland lawyers.”

35 Years of Service

Lawrence Davenport, professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences, was honored for 35 years as a faculty member.

“There are many experts in biology, many in teaching and many in public engagement, but very few who combine all three as effectively as Larry Davenport,” said Howard College of Arts and Sciences Dean Tim Hall. “He’s a Buchanan Award winner, Alabama Professor of the Year, past Fellow of the Alabama Academy of Arts and Sciences, author of many scholarly and popular books and articles, and champion of Alabama’s biological diversity.”

30 Years of Service

Jeanie Box Cook, professor and former dean of the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education, David Dedo, associate professor of English in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences, Wanda Lucas, senior associate athletic director for business operations, and Janice Paine, director of undergraduate student services in the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing, were recognized for 30 years of service.

Cook and Dedo retired at the end of the 2021 academic year.

25 Years of Service

Honored for 25 years of service were Garry Atkins, assistant vice president of student affairs; Marshall Cates, professor in the McWhorter School of Pharmacy; Janet Goodwin, assistant director of payroll; Robert Hensarling, professor in the School of Health Professions and director of the Office of Interprofessional Education; Paul Kuruk, professor at Cumberland School of Law; Heather Mitchell, director of career counseling; and Mary Worthington, professor in the McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

20 Years of Service

Honored for 20 years of service were Christy Allen and Doug Wilson with university advancement; Dana Basinger, Emily Hynds, Kelly Jensen and Carol Vaughn Cross with the Howard College of Arts and Sciences; Jenni Beall and Eilani Grayson with the McWhorter School of Pharmacy; Della Darby with the Beeson Law Library; Les Ennis with educational leadership; Tom Fuller, Le-Ann Little and James Pounds with the Beeson School of Divinity; Rene’ Golden, undergraduate music; Theresa Kanute and Lenita Rice with student financial services; Archie Lockamy and Cynthia Lohrke with the Brock School of Business; Susan Nolin with technology services; April Robinson with student development; and Carla Waddell with University Library.

15 Years of Service

  • Doshia Bennett, Brock School of Business
  • Jason Black, Admissions
  • Mark Castle, Theatre
  • Marigene Chamberlain, World Languages and Cultures
  • Joe Collins, Operations and Planning
  • Jill Cunningham, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
  • Theresa Davidson, Sociology
  • Alyssa DiRusso, Cumberland School of Law
  • Charles Ford, Interior Architecture
  • Ryan Galloway, Communication Studies
  • Elizabeth Gambrell, Brock School of Business
  • Mark Gignilliat, Beeson School of Divinity
  • Denise Gregory, Office of the Provost
  • Allison Jackson, Kinesiology
  • Myrtis Johnson, Education/Curriculum & Instruction
  • David Loudon, Brock School of Business
  • Julie Myers, Purchasing
  • Julie Stewart, Human Resources
  • Brian Toone, Mathematics and Computer Science

10 Years of Service

  • Karen Birkenfeld, Education/Curriculum & Instruction
  • Karen Bost, Brock School of Business
  • Larissa Charny, University Library
  • Philip Copeland, Undergraduate Music
  • Lori Coward, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Victoria Delchamps, Dean's Office of Howard College
  • Tracey Dick, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
  • Toner Evans, Office of Institutional Research and Analytics
  • Grant Gentry, Biological & Environmental Sciences
  • Gregory Gorman, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Marissa Grayson, Political Science
  • Lisa Gurley, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
  • Mary Gurney, Theatre
  • Jane Holston, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
  • Mandy Johnson, Softball
  • Susan Kalinich, Office of the Provost
  • Jennifer Layton, Biological & Environmental Sciences
  • Scott Leigh, Public Safety & Emergency Management
  • Chad Owens, Technology Services
  • Donna Seibels, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Rachel Slaton, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Steve Smith, Technology Services
  • Gena Sullivan, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
  • Pam Thornton, Director of Athletics Office

Five Years of Service

  • Emily Andrews, School of the Arts
  • Susan Barclay, University Advancement
  • Brad Bennett, Biological & Environmental Sciences
  • Alan Blankley, Brock School of Business
  • Andrea Bowens, School of Health Professions
  • Katie Boyd, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Kathryn Boyd, Brock School of Business
  • Joanna Bradley, World Languages and Cultures
  • Allison Brymer, Events Management
  • Brett Bullard, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Kristin Calder, Accounting and Financial Services
  • Rachel Casiday, School of Public Health
  • Lyndsay Clark, Counseling Services
  • Melanie Cox, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Kim Davey, School of Public Health
  • Marcos Duarte, University Library
  • Kenny Gannon, Wright Concert Hall
  • Rachel Hagues, School of Public Health
  • Ryan Hankins, Public Affairs Research Council
  • Tracy Hanrahan, School of the Arts
  • Mike Hardin, Office of the Provost
  • Lori Harrison, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
  • Mandy Howard, Psychology
  • Marci Johns, Professional Studies
  • Nia Johnson, Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Kristen Johnston, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
  • Moniaree Jones, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
  • Carol Koch, School of Health Professions
  • Tyler Landolt, Strength and Conditioning
  • Suresh Mathews, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Jon McAfoos, Athletics Marketing
  • Jennifer McClure, Biblical and Religious Studies
  • Julie Mincey, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
  • Laura Beth Mitchell, Undergraduate Music
  • Christa Moore, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
  • Allison Nanni, Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership
  • Michelle Newberry, Brock School of Business
  • Kristen Padilla, Beeson School of Divinity
  • Frank Patane, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Katy Pate, Admissions
  • Joe Pederson, Kinesiology
  • Jennifer Ricketts, School of Public Health
  • Rebecca Rogers, Kinesiology
  • Hollea Ryan, School of Health Professions
  • Timothy Sutton, English
  • Sarah Waller, Marketing & Communication
  • Clark Watson, General Counsel
  • Angela Wilson, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
  • Sandra Wilson, President's Office
  • Lauren Young, University Library
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.