Published on February 8, 2016  

Having spent eight days in Washington, DC since the end of January, I was glad to return home on Thursday evening.  My visit to Washington included several meetings with elected officials and staff members.  Late in the day last Tuesday, I spent about 30 minutes with Mary Blanche Hankey, a graduate of our Cumberland School of Law and the Legislative Counsel for Senator Jeff Sessions. At the end of a very long day for her, Mary Blanche listened patiently to me as I tried to explain many of the public policy interests for those of us in independent higher education.  Her competence and compassion are hallmarks of Cumberland lawyers.

 The world is better because of Mary Blanche Hankey and the dozens of Samford graduates serving on Capitol Hill.

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.