Published on November 21, 2022 by Dakota Rice  
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William J. “Bill” and Kimeran Stevens ’70 were honored by Samford University at the annual Association of Fundraising Professionals luncheon on November 10 at Birmingham’s Harbert Center. The luncheon, held in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day, honored individuals who have made an impact in their communities through their philanthropic efforts.

The Stevens have held a close relationship with Samford since their days as freshmen in the late 1960s, and they have continued supporting the university for over 50 years.

Bill, who is currently the chairman of Samford’s Board of Trustees, was recently elected as a Life Trustee for completing 20 years of membership on the Board. He has served on the advisory board for Brock School of Business, the selection committee for the Samford Athletics Hall of Fame and the recent presidential search committee. In December 2021, the Samford Board of Trustees also recognized Stevens with the dedication of the William J. Stevens Board Room in Frank Park Samford Hall.

Kimeran was named 2018 Samford Alumna of the Year for her outstanding service and philanthropic leadership. In a 2018 interview, Kimeran shared her amazement at changes she had seen at Samford over the years. “When I arrived, there were only 18 buildings; today we have 47. The student population has increased from 2,818 to more than 5,600. How do you grow a university? It takes a great deal of money,” she explained. Kimeran has also served with the Legacy League and Samford Alumni Association.

The Stevens also recently served as co-chairs of the Forever Samford Campaign, the most successful comprehensive capital campaign in university history. The longtime residents of Vestavia Hills support the community in numerous other ways, including serving on the Board of the Salvation Army and as members of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church.

 
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.