In his senior year, Porter served as our SGA president, and it was especially through that relationship that I came to know him. Employed by a local, successful business, Porter told me that he was going to be on campus on Thursday for a career fair (recruiting Samford students for positions within his company) and he hoped we could chat for a few minutes. I arranged to meet him at the career fair, then we walked—in the rain—to take a look at the construction in the University Center, talking constantly during our few minutes together. Porter was married a few months ago, he loves his job, and his future is exceptionally bright. Walking back to my office—in the rain—I was reminded of the ways in which Porter’s life was touched here, and I was grateful for his family and for those who invested in him while he was a student at Samford.
The world is better because of Porter Rivers and those who poured their wisdom and knowledge into him.