Published on December 13, 2021  
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Samford University’s Board of Trustees welcomed a new member, approved new faculty, adopted various resolutions and confirmed the candidates for fall 2021 graduation at its meeting on Dec. 7.

Dr. Marlene Reed of Crawford, Texas was approved as a new trustee to fill the unexpired term of service of the late Mary J. Shaw (2020-2024). Dr. Reed previously served as the Margaret Gage Bush University Professor in Samford’s Brock School of Business, where she held various positions from 1981 until 2008. She was named Alabama Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1994.

New faculty members were approved for the Brock School of Business and Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing. Approximately 345 candidates were approved by the Board for fall graduation. The trustees continued their long-standing tradition of praying for these students as they prepare to graduate and continue their personal, professional and educational pursuits.

The Board also authorized undergraduate tuition and room and board rates for the 2022-23 academic year and adopted a resolution authorizing a long-term lease for a portion of Samford property to facilitate parking for Homewood High School. In addition, the trustees received an update on progress made pursuant to the Campus Master Plan and approved a resolution to elect the executive officers of the university to new terms.     

The Board affirmed Tracey Morant Adams, Mark Davidson, Brian George, Kerry L. Gossett, Fred Kingren, Jalete Nelms and Tamela Yelling as new members of the university’s Board of Overseers. 

In a series of reports by university administrators, trustees heard updates on the university budget, the endowment, student recruitment, the Diversity Action Planning Committee, marketing, and advancement. Trustees received and approved a resolution that the third floor lobby of Cooney Hall be named the Glenn Latham and Chad Trull Lobby. The advancement report noted the Forever Samford campaign has received cash, property and pledges exceeding $251.6 million, representing the largest campaign in university history.

 
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 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.