Published on March 29, 2022  

Four leaders at Samford University have received new appointments and titles, marking changes to the university’s executive leadership team. Jason Black, Colin Coyne, Betsy Holloway and Martin Newton will assume new responsibilities with these appointments.

“It’s a testament to Samford’s strength that I can tap current leaders for these important roles. Without exception, these accomplished leaders have distinguished themselves in many ways, and they have sustained and strengthened Samford’s Christ-centered educational mission through their efforts,” said President Beck A. Taylor. “I’m very excited about Samford’s future­­—our best days are ahead.”

Jason BlackJason Black, assistant vice president for enrollment management and dean of admission, will become the vice president for enrollment management, a newly created role that separates the current Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management into two divisions. Moving forward, Black will oversee the Division of Enrollment Management while Philip Kimrey, vice president for student affairs, will oversee the Division of Student Affairs. Student Financial Services and Samford’s One Stop office will move from Business and Financial Affairs to the Division of Enrollment Management in order to provide seamless support to students and families from the time a student applies through graduation. Under Black, the new division will also provide increasing support for graduate enrollment management and university retention.

“Jason Black is known across higher education as an achiever. To boast 13 consecutive years of enrollment growth is almost unheard of in today’s higher education marketplace. Jason’s unusual combination of gifts that combine intelligence, work ethic, and a heart for all things Samford, will make him quite successful in his new role, and I’m optimistic about the progress Samford will make under his capable leadership,” Taylor said.

Colin CoyneColin Coyne will transition from chief strategy officer to the newly created role of vice president for finance, business affairs and strategy. In this new position, Coyne will continue his leadership of institutional strategic planning while also overseeing finance and business affairs, which have been led by Buck Brock, who announced his retirement in January. Prior to joining Samford in 2013, Coyne held several senior-level positions in corporate and nonprofit sectors, garnering experience in operations, finance, real estate and sustainability.

“People who work with Colin Coyne know several things. He’s smart – there are few topics in higher education about which Colin doesn’t command some level of mastery. He’s interested in searching out the best ideas and solutions, no matter how complex the challenges. And he’s loyal – he will support his team unwaveringly,” Taylor explained. “I’m excited to see Colin grow in this new role and continue Samford’s legacy of financial and operational integrity.”

Betsy HollowayBetsy Holloway will transition to the role of vice president of university advancement. Holloway is currently the vice president of the Division of Marketing and Communication and the university’s chief marketing officer. She will continue to oversee the Division of Marketing and Communication which will now be housed under the Division of University Advancement. She assumes the role of vice president of university advancement from Randy Pittman, who will retire in June. Prior to becoming the vice president of marketing and communication in 2016 and chief marketing officer in 2013, Holloway served as an accomplished marketing faculty member in Brock School of Business.

“I’ve known Betsy Holloway for nearly 16 years, and I’ve watched her success at Samford with excitement and enthusiasm. Her leadership has transformed Samford’s marketing and communications in recent years, and I know she’ll bring that same focus to her new role which also includes cultivating important external relationships to sustain and advance Samford’s mission,” Taylor said.

Martin NewtonMartin Newton, Samford’s director of athletics, will report directly to President Taylor and will join the president’s executive leadership team. He has served as Samford’s athletic director since 2011 and was recently appointed to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. During his tenure at Samford, the Bulldogs have secured multiple championships, including 11 Southern Conference regular season and tournament titles last year, while also ranking 3rd in the nation for Graduate Success Rates among all colleges and universities in the NCAA Division I level.

“In my first months at Samford, I’ve grown in my appreciation for Martin Newton’s steady leadership in athletics. He and I share a vision for the Bulldogs that takes our programs to new and exciting heights,” Taylor said. “Samford’s athletics programs will continue to be important to the success of the entire university.”

The changes will take effect on July 1.

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.