Published on November 2, 2015  

When we host prospective students and their families for Preview Days and I’m given an opportunity to welcome the group, I often invite—without any advance warning—three or four of our current students to the stage so that I can ask them questions about their Samford experience. The spontaneity at least holds the attention of the early-morning audience. This past Saturday I asked our students to mention the person at Samford who had most influenced their lives. Without a second’s hesitation, the four students named four Samford employees: Bernie Ankney, Charlotte Brammer, Matt Kerlin, and Eric Mathis. In each case, the students mentioned the amount of time and wisdom that these men and women had poured into their lives.

The world is better because the members of the Samford faculty and staff always make time for their students.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.