Published on February 6, 2017  

Because Steven is among the treasured members of our faculty and because Eric’s fan base is deep and wide, the event attracted many friends.  Eric’s inspiration for the reception was the publication of Steven’s scholarship on the American writer, Susanna Rowson, by Northwestern University Press.  Standing at the edge of the room and surveying the joy of the moment, I was reminded again—as if I needed another reminder—why I have such deep affection for people who nurture “intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood.”   

The world is better because of the Samford faculty . . . and for graduates like Eric Motley who, long after leaving Samford, recall and cherish the influence of teachers who became their friends.

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.