Published on November 13, 2017  

Presiding at the event was Tim Vines, the Chair of our Board of Trustees.  In fact, Samford activities filled most of his calendar that day, including an event on Friday evening.  Late Friday afternoon I learned through the local news media—not from Tim—that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, one of the state’s most significant businesses, announced that day that Mr. Vines has become the company’s President and he will also assume the title of CEO in 2018.  Throughout the day at Samford, Mr. Vines said nothing of this personal accomplishment, even as his mobile phone must have been filling up with text, e-mail and voice messages from near and far.  He gave selflessly of his time, focusing his entire attention on Samford University.  He is the embodiment of our core values.

The world is better because of the humility and competence of Tim Vines.  

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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.