Published on March 27, 2017  

She was the first African-American student to complete an undergraduate degree at Samford, graduating in 1973 and preparing the way for others who would travel this path.  In a visit to campus a few years ago, she spoke a line that I will long remember:  “It was worth the journey.”    

The world is better because of Elizabeth Sloan-Ragland.

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.