Published on March 4, 2019  

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.

About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.