In spring 2023, Samford University announced a new initiative that will provide an innovative avenue to further empower its employees. The new program, known as Leadership Samford, will develop and implement organizational leadership competencies among its faculty and staff.
Throughout the 11-month program, members will explore unique features of Samford University and get a deeper understanding of its role as a leading institution in Christ-centered higher education. Participants will navigate complex interpersonal and political environments, develop as intentionally reflective leaders, recognize potential in colleagues and empower teams, and cultivate a community engaged in service to others. The program will also provide an opportunity for employees to engage in intentional social fellowship.
Selected through an application process, the inaugural cohort represents a variety of faculty and staff from across campus, ranging in time of service at Samford and departmental affiliation. The cohort includes:
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health
Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Student Services, Brock School of Business
Assistant to the President for Church Relations and Executive Director of the Ministry Training Institute
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions
Professor, Human Development and Family Science, Orlean Beeson School of Education
Director of Financial and Operational Services, College of Health Sciences
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, School of Health Professions
Interim Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship Management and Marketing, Brock Family Chair in Entrepreneurship, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Brock School of Business
Associate Professor, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor, World Languages and Cultures, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Advancement Officer, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant to the Dean, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
Interim Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, Professor of English, Writing Center Director, Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Director of Creative Services, Division of Advancement and Marketing
Executive Assistant, Student Affairs
Matt Mazzei said, “I am excited to connect with colleagues across our campus as we learn more about Samford’s history and its future. It will be fun and engaging to discuss and explore leadership topics from different perspectives and build one another up through structured programming, intentional fellowship, and plentiful service opportunities. I am especially appreciative of PJ Hughes, Adam Roebuck, and the many others involved with this programming for investing in our personal and professional development.”
In coordination with Samford’s new strategic plan, Fidelitas: Faith and Future, Leadership Samford will provide a rewarding experience for Samford employees while enhancing their sense of calling and vocation to their work.
Samford President Beck A. Taylor said, “This is an important piece in the university’s efforts to elevate our employees and it is our vision that this program will grow into a cornerstone of our unique community of learning and faith. Equipping employees with leadership skillsets through a program like Leadership Samford is a vital part of the development of not only self, but also the culture of a unique institution like ours. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves alongside this inaugural cohort as we help Samford discover and live into the best version of itself imaginable.”