Published on May 23, 2022  
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Samford University’s Board of Trustees approved new faculty, new academic programs and candidates for spring graduation at their meeting on April 26.

More than 1,287 candidates for spring 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.

The Board approved the employment of 12 new faculty members across nine different academic disciplines, and awarded promotion or tenure to 29 existing faculty. Eleven recently retired faculty were granted Professor Emeritus status. Trustees also approved a new program in Howard College of Arts and Sciences, the Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. 

The trustees unanimously affirmed the final report of the Task Force on Racial Justice, which was established in June 2020 to advance the university’s commitment to promote and support racial diversity.

The Board received a presentation of conceptual plans for a new campus recreation complex that will provide significant new facilities for student recreation, health and wellness. The $65 million investment will be the largest capital project in Samford history, encompassing four buildings totaling and approximately 154,000 square feet. Construction will commence in early 2023, with completion anticipated prior to the fall 2024 semester.  

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