Published on October 11, 2021 by Laura Lee Caum  

Samford University mourns the loss of former trustee James “Jim” Stivender who passed away on Monday, Oct. 4. He was a graduate of Howard College and later served on Samford’s Board of Trustees from 1958 until he was named an honorary trustee in 2019. He was named chairman of the board in 2003.

He was a walking example of Samford’s values and touched countless lives with his influence. Samford will be eternally impacted by his service.

Visit this page to read his obituary.

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 U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.