Published on June 30, 2021  
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The Executive Committee of Samford University’s Board of Trustees approved new faculty appointments, campus renovation budgets, and candidates for summer graduation during its virtual meeting on June 22.

Fifty-five candidates for summer graduation were approved by the trustees. Following their vote, trustees continued their long-standing tradition of praying for the students as they prepare to graduate. Nine new faculty members in School of the Arts, Brock School of Business, Cumberland School of Law, and Howard College of Arts and Sciences were also approved.

A highlight of the meeting was the approval of a resolution to name the newly created executive board room in Samford Hall in honor of long-time trustee and chairman, William J. “Bill” Stevens. Stevens, a 1970 graduate of the university, is a recognized leader in the Birmingham business and civic community and previously served as president and CEO of Motion Industries, Inc. Stevens was elected to serve on the Samford Board of Trustees in 1997 and has since served in several leadership roles, including trustee chair for terms totaling more than 10 years.  

The university’s operating budget for fiscal year 2022 was reviewed and accepted during the meeting. An update on the university’s Forever Samford campaign reported receipt of cash, property and pledges exceeding $235.6 million, representing nearly 80% of the $300 million campaign goal. Trustees also received reports on the university’s response to COVID-19, operations and planning, enrollment, advancement, and marketing. 

 
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 US 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 1st nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.